- 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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Examples from the Web for denouement
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
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’
May 12, 2014
So says the reawakened Duke Orsino at the denouement of Twelfth Night.The Old Man and the Sea
April 9, 2013
The denouement of her career came on October 25, 1944, when she sold out Carnegie Hall.Dead Cool: Florence Foster Jenkins
July 10, 2010
The only general feeling was that a denouement was approaching.The Fortune of the Rougons
Such a denouement appeared to them horribly and cruelly ridiculous.Therese Raquin
I knew what to think of it all, and I waited for the 'denouement'.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
If there is a denouement, why do you beat about the bush so much?Louise de la Valliere
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The interest is cumulative, and the denouement of the story in no wise disappointing.The Copper Princess
dnouement (French denumɑ̃)
- the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work
- the point at which this occurs
- final outcome; solution
C18: from French, literally: an untying, from dénouer to untie, from Old French desnoer, from des- de- + noer to tie, knot, from Latin nōdāre, from nōdus a knot; see node
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Word Origin and History for denouement
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