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denouement

noun de·noue·ment \ˌdā-ˌnü-ˈmäⁿ, dā-ˈnü-ˌ\

: the final part of something (such as a book, a play, or a series of events)

Full Definition of DENOUEMENT

1
:  the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work
2
:  the outcome of a complex sequence of events

Variants of DENOUEMENT

de·noue·ment also ·noue·ment \ˌdā-ˌnü-ˈmäⁿ, dā-ˈnü-ˌ\

Examples of DENOUEMENT

  1. In the play's denouement, the two lovers kill themselves.

Origin of DENOUEMENT

French dénouement, literally, untying, from Middle French desnouement, from desnouer to untie, from Old French desnoer, from des- de- + noer to tie, from Latin nodare, from nodus knot — more at node
First Known Use: 1705

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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