Preface anti- + (Greek)
(Rhetoric) A sentence in which the ideas fall, or become less important and striking, at the close; -- the opposite of climax. It produces a ridiculous effect. Example: Next comes Dalhousie, the great god of war, Lieutenant-colonel to the Earl ANTICLINAL Anticlinal,
Inclining or dipping in opposite directions. See Synclinal. Anticlinal line, Anticlinal axis (Geology), a line from which strata dip in opposite directions, as from the ridge of a roof. -- Anticlinal vertebra (Anatomy), one of the dorsal vertebrae, which in many animals has an upright spine toward which the spines of the neighboring vertebrae are inclined.
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anticlimax (plural anticlimaxes) A break in the final crescendo or climax of a narrative, producing a disappointing end.
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