Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Climax (Page: 265)

Cli"max (?), n. [L., from Gr. ladder, staircase, fr. to make to bend, to lean. See Ladder, Lean, v. i.]

1. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent. Glanvill.

2. (Rhet.) A figure of which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each sicceeding one rise above its predecessor in impressiveness.

Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, and experience hope" -- a happy climax. J. D. Forbes.

3. The highest point; the greatest degree.

We must look higher for the climax of earthly good. I. Taylor.
To cap the climax, to surpass everything, as in excellence or in absurdity. [Colloq.]