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denouement

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

Simple Definition of denouement

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

Full Definition of denouement

  1. 1 :  the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work

  2. 2 :  the outcome of a complex sequence of events

Examples of denouement

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



Variants of denouement

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

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



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