Meaning of anticlimax

an•ti•cli•max

Pronunciation: (an"ti-klī'maks), [key]
— n.
  1. an event, conclusion, statement, etc., that is far less important, powerful, or striking than expected.
  2. a descent in power, quality, dignity, etc.; a disappointing, weak, or inglorious conclusion: After serving as President, he may find life in retirement an anticlimax.
  3. a noticeable or ludicrous descent from lofty ideas or expressions to banalities or commonplace remarks: We were amused by the anticlimax of the company's motto: “For God, for country, and for Acme Gasworks.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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