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climactic (adj) related to climax; the highest and most exciting point of a story, a play, or a movie; the most exciting stage in a situation.

Climactic means highly exciting and the most interesting part, especially with reference to a story, a play, or a movie. The stage in a situation is climactic if it is the most interesting in the situation. The election over, the moments of waiting to know who the next president will be, are climactic. That is, those moments mark the point of highest political interest in the country. The climactic moments of a play, a story, or a movie are reached, when it holds our attention completely and as we wait to know what happens next. The most successful point in a person's career is also described as climactic. We talk also of the climactic point in a person's political career.

  • Can anyone forget the climactic stage in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice,' when, in the trial scene, Shylock prepares to cut a pound of flesh from Antonio's body?
  • The climactic stage in Charlton Heston's film career is 'The Ten Commandments' in which he performed to everyone's admiration, the role of Moses.
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