I.a rhetorical figure, consisting in a gradual increase in force of expression, a climax (pure Lat. gradatio), Mart. Cap. 5, § 536 (in Quint. 9, 3, 54, used as Greek, and transl. by gradatio).
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clīmax , ăcis, f., = κλῖμαξ (a ladder),