What does the word anticlimax mean?

Usage examples for anticlimax

  1. 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
  2. He wondered why the anticlimax brought him- peace. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple