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de·noue·ment

also dé·noue·ment  (dā′no͞o-mäN′)
n.
1.
a. The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot.
b. The events following the climax of a drama or novel in which such a resolution or clarification takes place.
2. The outcome of a sequence of events; the end result.

[French dénouement, from Old French desnouement, an untying, from desnouer, to undo : des-, de- + nouer, to tie (from Latin nōdāre, from nōdus, knot; see ned- in Indo-European roots).]

denouement

(deɪˈnuːmɒn) or

dénouement

n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms)
a. the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work
b. the point at which this occurs
2. 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]

de•noue•ment

or dé•noue•ment

(ˌdeɪ nuˈmɑ̃)

n.
1. the final resolution of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
2. the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
[1745–55; < French: literally, an untying]

denouement

the final resolution of the plot, following the climax.
See also: Drama
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.denouement - the outcome of a complex sequence of events
final result, outcome, resultant, termination, result - something that results; "he listened for the results on the radio"
2.denouement - the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
answer, result, solution, solvent, resolution - a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places"

denouement

dénouement
noun
1. climax, conclusion, finale, termination, culmination the book's sentimental denouement
2. outcome, end, result, consequence, resolution, conclusion, end result, upshot an unexpected denouement to the affair
Translations

denouement

dénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] Ndesenlace m

denouement

dénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] n [book, play, series events] → dénouement m

dénouement

n (Theat, Liter) → (Auf)lösung f; (fig)Ausgang m

denouement

dénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] nepilogo
References in classic literature ?
He had rather imagined that the denoument would take place in the chateau garden by moonlight, and in the most graceful and decorus manner, but it turned out exactly the reverse, for the matter was settled on the lake at noonday in a few blunt words.
If dissatisfaction with the tidy denouments of Hitchcock gave them a push, the pull that drew them toward creative experimentation was the explosive events of the '60s: Vietnam, riots, lynchings, assassinations, sexual liberation--with all the heady confusion of eros and thanatos vividly displayed in nightly television newscasts.