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Definition a disappointing decline in excitement or interest relative to a previous rise or expectations
  • the anticlimax of a brilliant career
  • Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven — a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • anti-climax = a disappointing decline in excitement or interest relative to the past
  • 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
  • anticlimactic = a decline in excitement or interest relative to a what was previous
  • God, that would be anticlimactic.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • He had done all that he. 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
  • 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
  • Isabel stared back at her; the announcement was an anticlimax.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A siege would be a miserable anticlimax.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • 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
  • 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
  • Isabel stared back at her; the announcement was an anticlimax.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Scarlett trailed after him, somewhat at a loss, a trifle disappointed as at an unexpected anticlimax.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • 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
  • Leaving was anticlimactic.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Paralyzing in its brutal suddenness, it was the ultimate anticlimax for the white race.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • No, now it's completely anticlimactic," he grumbled.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Mrs. Prkchard could not stand an anticlimax.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES

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