denouement

noun
de·​noue·​ment | \ ˌdā-ˌnü-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce denouement (audio) , dā-ˈnü-ˌmä \
variants: or less commonly dénouement

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 on the Web As a storyteller, Kore-eda doesn’t traffic much in denouements or, for that matter, climaxes. Terrence Rafferty, The Atlantic, "The Irresistible Drama of Becoming Who You Want to Be," 8 Apr. 2020 Combined, their yin-yang dynamic propels the narrative momentum and is absolutely crucial to the emotional and action-packed denouement. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020 The roughly 80-minute finale was essentially a prolonged denouement. Ars Technica, "Review: It’s a wonderful afterlife in The Good Place’s bittersweet finale," 3 Feb. 2020 But somehow, a denouement that should pierce like a scalpel merely manages to open a paper cut. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Beware. This stylish ‘Medea’ adaptation offers no escape, for Rose Byrne or for you.," 31 Jan. 2020 Letting Picard have a fitting end to his legendary life would have been the perfect denouement for the season. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Elegiac Star Trek: Picard brings all the feels in bittersweet finale," 28 Mar. 2020 Combined, their yin-yang dynamic propels the narrative momentum and is absolutely crucial to the emotional and action-packed denouement. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020 Murder Café then presented the official denouement, which my mother had already guessed, thanks mostly to a loose-lipped handyman. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "At a Murder Mystery Weekend, Whodunit? Everyone," 23 Mar. 2020 Combined, their yin-yang dynamic propels the narrative momentum and is absolutely crucial to the emotional and action-packed denouement. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of denouement

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Denouement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denouement. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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denouement

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English Language Learners Definition of denouement

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

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