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Anticlimax   Listen

A disappointing decline after a previous rise.
A change from a serious subject to a disappointing one.  Synonym: bathos.

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"Anticlimax" Quotes from Famous Books

... recent anticlimax, and with a burden of many heavy thoughts, Judith was penetrating a world of unleavened desolation. Beneath the scourge of the noon-day sun the desert lay, stripped of every illusion. Vegetation had almost ceased, nothing but sun-scorched, dust-choked ...
— Judith Of The Plains • Marie Manning

... the one best way. In our service thinking, we tend to get into a rut, and to use none but the well-tried way. For example, we overwork the twin principles of thought-surprise and thought-concentration, and in the effort to produce dramatic effect, we sometimes achieve only an anticlimax. Using the techniques of the advertising world, the military instructor puts his exhibits behind a screen, in order to buildup anticipation, and at the appropriate moment he yanks the cover off. This is perfectly effective, ...
— The Armed Forces Officer - Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-2 • U. S. Department of Defense

... over and kissed her hand lingeringly. It was a tragic moment for him, poor lad! He turned and went blindly out the door and down the dark stone staircase. It was rather anticlimax, after all that, to have Peter discover he had gone without his hat and toss it down to him a ...
— The Street of Seven Stars • Mary Roberts Rinehart

Words linked to "Anticlimax" :   end, conclusion, story, anticlimactic, downfall, closing, close, fall, ending

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