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anticlimax (noun) a situation having an interesting beginning and a much less interesting ending and therefore disappointing.

A disappointing situation in which the beginning being interesting raises in us the expectations of an equally interesting ending, and fails to do so, is an anticlimax. For example, some stories have a very exciting beginning, perhaps become more exciting as they progress, but end very dully, this is anticlimax. You see two men about to fight, and just as you get excited to watch them fight, one of them backs off and there is no fight. This is anticlimax. Anticlimax is seen in real life incidents, movies, plays, and stories.

  • Smith's retirement, free from all activity, was an anticlimax, especially after his eventful life as a space technologist, hopping around the globe to deliver lectures.
  • The anticlimax in the movie is entirely due to the fall in interest in the hero who from being dynamic in the beginning becomes dull and inactive towards the end.
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