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climax in Literature topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclimaxcli‧max1 /ˈklaɪmæks/ ●○○ noun [countable usually singular]  1 ALEXCITEDthe most exciting or important part of a story or experience, which usually comes near the endclimacticclimax of the climax of his naval careerclimax to a thrilling climax to the game The festival reaches its climax with the traditional boat-burning ceremony.2 SYan orgasmCOLLOCATIONSverbsreach a climaxThe film reaches its climax in the final scene.come to a climaxThings came to a climax with a large protest march on June 30th.build up to a climaxThe music was getting louder and building up to a climax.near/approach a climaxOne of the most important trials in recent history is nearing its climax today.move towards a climaxPolitical tensions were moving towards a climax.bring something to a climaxHe scored again, bringing the game to a climax.mark the climax of something (=show that something has reached its best point)This painting marked the climax of his career.a climax comesThe climax came when the president ordered an air strike on the capital.adjectivesa thrilling/dramatic/exciting climaxIn this scene, the play reaches its dramatic climax.a fitting climax (=a very suitable one)The concert was a very successful occasion and a fitting climax to the school year.a grand climaxEveryone was hoping that the peace talks would come to a grand climax.a sensational/spectacular climaxThe match was a sensational climax to the season.
Examples from the Corpus
climaxThe tabernacle represents the completion and climax of God's redemption of his people.The opera reaches its climax with Violetta's death in the third act.Eliot has been careful to avoid any sort of sentimental religiosity, and this strengthens greatly the play's climax.A parade through the streets marks the climax of the festival.climax ofKing's famous "I have a dream" speech was the climax of a 1963 civil rights march.