denouement

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

Definition of denouement

  1. 1 :  the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work <In the denouement, the two lovers commit suicide.>

  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

or less commonly

dénouement

Origin and Etymology of denouement

French dénouement, literally, untying, from Medieval 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


DENOUEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

denouement

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

Definition of denouement for English Language Learners

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



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