Part of speech: noun
Origin: Ancient Greek, 18th century
A point beyond the highest or greatest.
(Medicine) A point after the crisis of a fever is past.
Examples of Paracme in a sentence
"He may be in paracme, but the former champion remains a powerful golfer."
"The Gin Blossoms hit their prime in the 1990s, but John loves the albums from the band’s paracme period since the millennium."
“Paracme” is a loanword from the ancient Greek “parakmḗ,” combining “pará” (“next to”) and “acme” (“high point”).
Did you Know?
It’s hard to identify a musician’s paracme, because in order to do so, there must be a definitive agreement on what era constituted the artist’s strongest works. Often, professional critics might decide that a musician has passed their period of greatest creativity, yet fans will continue to buy albums and attend concerts in a supposed paracme phase. Alternately, artists might please critics with ambitious studio albums but turn off their usual fans with the live shows. For musicians with aspirations of decades-long careers, it may be better to avoid a peak and a subsequent paracme.