climactic, climatic, climacteric
Climactic means ‘forming a climax’ and is a favourite word of sports reporters and theatre critics

• (I pleasurably recall the climactic, closing minutes of the first act —Evening Standard, 2006)

climatic means ‘relating to climate’ and typically modifies words such as conditions, factors, fluctuations, change, variation, and so on

• (He takes a look at what climatic change could mean for the flora and fauna of the British mainland —New Statesman, 1992)

and climacteric is a noun meaning ‘the period of life when fertility and sexual activity are in decline’.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Climactic — Cli*mac tic, a. Of or pertaining to a climax; forming, or of the nature of, a climax, or ascending series. A fourth kind of parallelism . . . is still sufficiently marked to be noticed by the side of those described by Lowth, viz., climactic… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • climactic — index critical (crucial), last (final) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • climactic — 1872, from CLIMAX (Cf. climax), apparently on the analogy of syntax/syntactic …   Etymology dictionary

  • climactic — / climacteric [adj] decisive acute, climactical, critical, crucial, desperate, dire, paramount, peak; concept 567 Ant. anticlimacteric, anticlimactic, bathetic, indecisive, trivial, undecided …   New thesaurus

  • climactic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ forming an exciting climax. DERIVATIVES climactically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • climactic — [klī mak′tik] adj. of, constituting, or in the order of a climax: also climactical climactically adv …   English World dictionary

  • climactic —  , climatic, climacteric  Climactic means appearing at a climax ( the climactic scene in a movie ); climatic means having to do with climate and weather ( the climatic conditions of the Brazilian rainforest ); climacteric is a noun signifying a… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • climactic — [[t]klaɪmæ̱ktɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED: ADJ n A climactic moment in a story or a series of events is one in which a very exciting or important event occurs. [FORMAL] ...the film s climactic scene …   English dictionary

  • climactic — adjective a climactic period of time or situation is one in which very important or exciting events happen: the hero, dodging bullets in the movie s climactic scene climate / klaImit/ noun (C) 1 a situation that exists at a particular time,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • climactic — adjective Date: 1870 of, relating to, or constituting a climax < the film s climactic scene > • climactically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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