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denouement

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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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



Variants of denouement

also

dénouement

Origin and Etymology 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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