If you think you’re approaching the high point, but then realize it’s really the low point, that’s an anticlimax — a moment when excitement quickly changes to disappointment.

In a movie or book, a climax is the point where, after a long buildup, everything gets really intense and dramatic. But if there’s a lot of buildup and then suddenly something really boring happens, that’s an anticlimax. Like waiting all day to see fireworks, but then nobody has any matches. It can also mean discussing something important like war or art, and then someone interrupts to talk about candy. Talk about a letdown.

Definitions of anticlimax
  1. noun
    a disappointing decline after a previous rise
    “the anticlimax of a brilliant career”
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    type of:
    downfall, fall
    a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
  2. noun
    a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
    synonyms: bathos
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    type of:
    close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
    the last section of a communication
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