Definition of denouement
1 : the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work In the denouement, the two lovers commit suicide.
2 : the outcome of a complex sequence of events
Examples of denouement in a Sentence
In the play's denouement, the two lovers kill themselves.
Recent Examples of denouement from the Web
The movie’s tree-falling-in-the-forest-with-no-one-to-hear-it denouement is an apt but not entirely hopeless metaphor for the condition of its characters.
And if the first season left viewers dangling, this season wraps its twists and turns into a tidier denouement — but with no less heartbreak.
Forcible sterilization with the blessing of the W.H.O. is an unintentionally hilarious denouement, given the story’s kitschy self-seriousness.
Its natural momentum is jarred ahead at a crucial point by a dramatic and effective flash-forward, but the plot’s inevitable-seeming denouement still delivers the shock of surprise.
Despite the bitter denouement with Chris, Tory is as close as ever to his three girls.
As a sort of denouement to a very eventful term, the Nine Wise Souls in Washington did a lot by doing nothing.
The anticlimax is followed by an anti-denouement, in which few of the looming mysteries are resolved, though there are more surprise encounters, clandestine meetings, and suggestive dreams.
In the 14 years between the beginning of our involvement in the conflict and the arguably inevitable denouement, US forces were never far from getting that darn Charlie fella all wrapped up in a box.
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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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