AskDefine | Define climax

Dictionary Definition



1 the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success" [syn: flood tide]
2 the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play" [syn: culmination]
3 the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse [syn: orgasm, sexual climax, coming]
4 the most severe stage of a disease
5 arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness v : end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace" [syn: culminate]

User Contributed Dictionary



From climax from κλῖμαξ from κλίνω.



  1. The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series; a culmination
    • 1949 - Bruce Kiskaddon, George R. Stewart Earth Abides
      The snowshoe-rabbits build up through the years until they reach a climax when the seem to be everywhere; then with dramatic suddenness their pestilence falls upon them.
  2. The turning point in a plot or dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the protagonist's affairs.
  3. A stage of ecological development where a community of organisms, is stable and capable of perpetuating itself.
  4. An orgasm.

Derived terms


  1. To reach or bring to a climax

Extensive Definition

In general, a climax is a point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series; i.e., a culmination. The term "climax" has many specific connotations and uses in English:

Brand names and titles

Personal name

  • John Climacus (John Climax), a 7th century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai

Musical groups and songs


climax in Danish: Klimaks
climax in German: Klimax
climax in Spanish: Clímax
climax in French: Climax
climax in Italian: Climax
climax in Dutch: Climax
climax in Japanese: クライマックス
climax in Polish: Climax
climax in Russian: Климакс
climax in Slovak: Klimax
climax in Finnish: Kliimaksi
climax in Swedish: Climax

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