Origin of denouement
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
So says the reawakened Duke Orsino at the denouement of Twelfth Night.
The denouement of her career came on October 25, 1944, when she sold out Carnegie Hall.
Doubtless his mother had come to learn what mischief had been wrought, and to see if the denouement was not at last at hand.Doctor Pascal|Emile Zola
He imagined the denouement, with a growing enjoyment of his vantage-point as the game advanced.The Voice on the Wire|Eustace Hale Ball
Again the banker meditated a few moments, and Jack sat silent, wondering what the denouement to the strange story would prove.Two Wonderful Detectives|Harlan Page Halsey
There had been no such case, client or denouement but he continued unconscious of this fact in his desire to tell the story.Gargoyles|Ben Hecht
Then laughter, story, and denouement were all drowned in a tumultuous crash of music.The Masquerader|Katherine Cecil Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for denouement
dnouement (French denumɑ̃)
- the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work
- the point at which this occurs
Word Origin for denouement
Word Origin and History for denouement
1752, from French dénouement "an untying" (of plot), from dénouer "untie" (Old French desnouer) from des- "un-, out" (see dis-) + nouer "to tie, knot," from Latin nodus "a knot," from PIE *ned- "to bind, tie" (see net (n.)).