What does the word anticlimax mean?

Usage examples for anticlimax

  1. He wondered why the anticlimax brought him- peace. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  2. And if there should be, then where and how ought it to show forth so as to avoid an anticlimax to one passing along the same front from the opposite direction? – The Amateur Garden by George W. Cable
  3. The fates, however, denied to Canning any chance of making this curious anticlimax in his great political career. – A History of the Four Georges and of William IV, Volume IV (of 4) by Justin McCarthy and Justin Huntly McCarthy