2. [syn: anticlimax, bathos]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Anticlimax \An`ti*cli"max\, n. (Rhet.)
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.
Next comes Dalhousie, the great god of war,
Lieutenant-colonel to the Earl of Mar.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a disappointing decline after a previous rise; "the
anticlimax of a brilliant career"
2: a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one [syn: