(?), 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.
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2. (Rhet.) A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness.
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"Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, and experience hope" -- a happy climax.
J. D. Forbes.
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3. The highest point; the greatest degree.
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We must look higher for the climax of earthly good.
I. Taylor.
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To cap the climax, to surpass everything, as in excellence or in absurdity. [Colloq.]
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