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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).]
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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]
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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]
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denouement

the final resolution of the plot, following the climax.
See also: Drama
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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"
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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
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Translations

denouement

dénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] Ndesenlace m
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denouement

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

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

dénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] nepilogo
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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.
Then, in the dramatic denoument, he goes proper aggy and - drop me out - MURDERS her!
As far as I can see, there is nothing contradictory in the idea that these opposite properties emerge during the event denoument ("an event may come to acquire new properties as the result of later happenings," Pianesi & Varzi, 2000: 16).
This is especially evident in the film's denoument. In one of the last scenes of the movie Will attends Charlie's wedding.
Bannons departure was a humbling denoument for a figure who had reached the uppermost levels of power only a year ago.
And so it continues - actually slightly livelier in Act Two than in Act One, since in Act Two we get a weak denoument where the killer explains why the family was wiped out.
No Gothic stone is left unturned, from the eerie setting on Sussex's salt marshes, repressed memories and secret societies, right through to the storm-soaked denoument.
This denoument of the novel features a triangulation of scenes in which Elvis, the King of Beggars, and Sunday are forced into direct interaction with the Colonel and his militant government.
Creation would have affected us as an imperfect plot in a romance, where the denoument is awkwardly brought about by interposed incidents external and foreign to the main subject; instead of springing out of the bosom of the thesis--out of the heart of the ruling idea--instead of arising as a result of the primary proposition--as inseparable and inevitable part and parcel of the fundamental conception of the book.