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the anticlimax of a brilliant career
  a disappointing decline in excitement or interest relative to a previous rise or expectations
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anticlimactic anticlimax anticlimactically
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  • the anticlimax of a brilliant career
  • When Eliza, Lindsay, and I all finally stood up to walk to the ambulance to get bandaged up, the crowd stood and gave us a standing O. We went on to win the game big, but my topple made everything else anticlimactic.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • So it was nice but disappointing, anticlimactic, the way girls must feel when they give up their virginity: That was what all the fuss was about?
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • God, that would be anticlimactic.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

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  • Meg felt that she would have liked to kiss Mrs What— sit, too, but that after Charles Wallace, anything that she or Calvin did or said would be anticlimax.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Leaving was anticlimactic.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The prodigious subterranean castle of salt which she has visited often and which may or may not be, as the Professor claims, one of Europe’s seven man-made wonders, is less an anticlimax in itself than a spectacle which simply fails to register on her awareness, so agitated has she been made by this indefinable whatever-it-is—this infatuation—which has struck her with the random heat of a lightning bolt, making her weak and a little ill.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Gyuri was keeping watch out front, on the street, in the light drizzle which had just begun to fall—"In, in," he hissed, sliding into the back seat and waving me to come in after him, just as Boris and Victor Cherry burst out of the restaurant and hopped in too and off we drove, at a sedate and anticlimactic speed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It was anticlimactic, to say the least.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Because that capitol of his is so awful that to pan it would have been an anticlimax.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • I have known too much of the depths of life already, and I would prefer anything to an anticlimax.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was a swift, unwelcome anticlimax.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • This seemed to Mrs. Hubbard to be a dramatic climax rather than an anticlimax.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Running away from home would be anticlimactic after Mexico, and a dull story after my month in the car lot.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • MINUTES INTO THE second half, the Phoenix forwards methodically and almost casually picked their way through the Fugees’ defense and tapped the ball into the left side of the net for an almost embarrassingly anticlimactic goal.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • How anticlimactic.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • If so, it struck me as absurdly anticlimactic; I didn’t want it to end in small talk, but I couldn’t think of anything else to say.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Scarlett trailed after him, somewhat at a loss, a trifle disappointed as at an unexpected anticlimax.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • What she did for his sore feet, his cut face, his back, his neck, his thighs, and the palms of his hands was so delicious he couldn’t imagine that the lovemaking to follow would be anything but anticlimactic.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • An anticlimax, but things could worse.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • As Scrimgeour pulled out the tiny, walnut-sized golden ball, its silver wings fluttered rather feebly, and Harry could not help feeling a definite sense of anticlimax.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I smiled a little at my anticlimactic greeting.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Work hard, then, on the disappointment or anticlimax which is certainly coming to the patient during his first few weeks as a churchman.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Purchasing the hundred bags of cement Mortenson estimated the school would require was anticlimactic.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Rather anticlimactically, she adds, "A disgrace to the family."
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Unsatisfied, with a feeling of anticlimax in her throat and the dismal roiling of emotional upset in her belly, she went to the cellar to get her dress material.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • What had seemed a melancholy happening, now seemed a tiresome anticlimax.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Mrs. Prkchard could not stand an anticlimax.
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • In light of the bold and defiant line we had taken all along, an appeal would seem anticlimactic and even disillusioning.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I find that even fear fades and becomes commonplace after days of anticlimax.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • had wished to do, and to drag out a pointless life on this empty world would hive been unbearable anticlimax.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Isabel stared back at her; the announcement was an anticlimax.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The delicious scent of rose-leaves that issued from the wardrobe made the process of taking out sheet after sheet of silver paper quite pleasant to assist at, though the sight of the bonnet at last was an anticlimax to Maggie, who would have preferred something more strikingly preternatural.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It’s probably best, I tell Rivera, to put Nathaniel’s return to the stage on hold for now When the long-dreaded announcement is finally made, it’s anticlimactic but still feels like a gut shot.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • As upon another life he looked back upon that first hard and manlike surrender, that surrender terrific and hard, like the breaking down of a spiritual skeleton the very sound of whose snapping fibers could be heard almost by the physical ear, so that the act of capitulation was anticlimax, as when a defeated general on the day after the last battle, shaved overnight and with his boots cleaned of the mud of combat, surrenders his sword to a committee.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Boldwood’s deep attachment was a matter of great interest among all around him; but, after having been pointed out for so many years as the perfect exemplar of thriving bachelorship, his lapse was an anticlimax somewhat resembling that of St. John Long’s death by consumption in the midst of his proofs that it was not a fatal disease.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Isabel stared back at her; the announcement was an anticlimax.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • A siege would be a miserable anticlimax.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Paralyzing in its brutal suddenness, it was the ultimate anticlimax for the white race.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • The rest was somewhat anticlimactic for the old man, especially the absence of the press.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • By the time Leila persuaded him to give her a go at the controls, it was kind of anticlimactic.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • "Well, this is anticlimactic," he said after a moment.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Sort of anticlimactic, really.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The fifth act, entirely an anticlimax, is taken up by the bloodbath Gennaro visits on the court of Squamuglia.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • It was thought an anticlimax, showing lack of appreciation of the night’s feelings, that Gabriella came straight back.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • BRADY’S vanity and cussedness won’t let him give up, even though he realizes this is a sputtering anticlimax.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • It was a little anticlimactic to be carrying around this secret of what was to come but not be able to actually drop any hints vet.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • After the fun break with the Shelby County Drunk Four, the rest of the walk to Governor Wallace’s headquarters was anticlimactic.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • But that seems kind of dismal and anticlimactic (there you go, Miss Tyler, my new vocabulary word for the day—and it means something like a letdown).
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • This is the opposite of anticlimactic.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
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