the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
the place in the plot at which this occurs.
the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
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How to use denouement in a sentence
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.
The bloody denouement his wife had dreaded had come to pass.
The denouement itself appropriates the theme of the huntsman who spares the child he is obliged to kill.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’ | Jack Schwartz | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So says the reawakened Duke Orsino at the denouement of Twelfth Night.
It is hardly a shocking denouement to a relationship that seemed doomed virtually from the start.Keith Olbermann’s Firing at Current TV Could Be his Ruin or his Salvation | Rebecca Dana | March 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The denouement of his history was a tragic one, and had come a few days before the time when our narrative opens.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
The plot becomes more intense and tragic, as it approaches toward the denouement.
The hour had now come for the denouement of that home tragedy which was being enacted in the Rue St. Gilles.Other People's Money | Emile Gaboriau
Our best plan is to remain silent and wait for the denouement.The White Rose of Memphis | William C. Falkner
Then came the denouement; the marriage arranged for him had been a mockery.Sons and Fathers | Harry Stillwell Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for denouement
the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work
the point at which this occurs
final outcome; solution
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Cultural definitions for dénouement
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