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Definition the most exciting or important part of a story, musical piece, or other thing that has a series of events

A comprehensive dictionary will describe other or more specific senses of climax.
  • the deathbed scene is the climax of the play
  • the climax of the artist's career
  • This was the logical climax of the whole misbegotten day, this whole out-of-joint term at Devon.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • climax = most exciting or important part
  • The Hate rose to its climax.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • climax = highest intensity
  • Because this is the climax of the Hunger Games, and the audience expects a show.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • climax = the most exciting or important part
  • At last the recording in Finny's mind reached its climax.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • climax = most exciting or important part
  • Mama and Papa were at the climax of debate in the combined bedroom and living room, their quiet voices trapped inside the corridor wall.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • climax = most exciting or important part
  • ...the rolling of drums and squealing of trumpets, the tramp of marching feet, the grinding of the caterpillars of tanks, the roar of massed planes, the booming of guns — after six days of this, when the great orgasm was quivering to its climax and the general hatred of Eurasia had boiled up into such delirium that if the crowd could have got their hands on the 2,000 Eurasian war-criminals who were to be publicly hanged on the last day of the proceedings, they would unquestionably...
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • climax = time of highest intensity
  • Climactic carnage, by poison and by steel-!
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • HALE, with a climactic desperation: Woman, before the laws of God we are as swine!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • In the stands, many of the spectators rose to their feet as though anticipating a climactic finish.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • "By communing with woman," Langdon said, "man could achieve a climactic instant when his mind went totally blank and he could see God."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A climactic burst of applause woke Max.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • On the morning of July 6, 1865, the clock began ticking on one of the most dramatic events in the history of Washington, the climactic event of the manhunt.
    James L. Swanson  --  Chasing Lincoln's Killer
  • He kills a giant from the enemy camp in a final climactic battle.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Instead he went on to add, and then quite climactically for Clyde at that time, who had been sitting as one in a daze: "I suppose you are ready to go to work now, aren't you?"
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • It was as though everything were swirling in some vast, climactic centrifuge of emotion and only when it stopped would she see what it had done to them all and what was then to become of them.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Meanwhile, as he laid big gleaming lumps of coal upon the wood, he muttered to himself, his mind ordering in a mounting sequence, with balanced and climactic periods, his carefully punctuated rhetoric.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • His emotions tell him to go back and kill that manager, get his swords out of the trunk, dive in through the little sliding window like a ninja, track him down through the moiling chaos of the microwaved franchise and confront him in a climactic thick-crust apocalypse.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

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