Crescendo and Climax

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How to use the words Crescendo and Climax?

When something is growing louder or more intense, it is going through a crescendo (from an Italian word meaning “growing”). Traditionalists object to its use when you mean “climax.”

A crescendo of cheers by an enthusiastic audience grows until it reaches a climax, or peak.

“Crescendo” as a verb is common, but also disapproved of by many authorities.

Instead of “the orchestra crescendos,” write “the orchestra plays a crescendo.”

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