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1. A moment in a narrative when the conflict and tension peak for the audience. Often synonymous with crisis.

2. The third phase of dramatic structure in Freytag's pyramid.

3.Climax order: a sequential argument in which the last point is the most important and forceful (the opposite being anticlimax order).

4. In rhetoric, successive phrases building upon a previous one: e.g. Martin Luther King Jr.'s cumulative use of ‘I have a dream’.

Subjects: Literature — Media Studies.

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