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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek klimax 'ladder', from klinein 'to lean'

climax

1 noun
     
cli‧max1 [countable usually singular]
1AL the most exciting or important part of a story or experience, which usually comes near the end [↪ climactic]
climax of
the climax of his naval career
climax to
a thrilling climax to the game
The festival reaches its climax with the traditional boat-burning ceremony.
2 an orgasm
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