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de·noue·mentalso dé·noue·ment (dā′no͞o-mäN′)
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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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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or dé•noue•ment(ˌdeɪ nuˈmɑ̃)
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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the final resolution of the plot, following the climax.See also: Drama
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|Noun||1.||denouement - the outcome of a complex sequence of events|
|2.||denouement - the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work|
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denouementdénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] N → desenlace m
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denouementdénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] n [book, play, series events] → dénouement m
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denouementdénouement [deɪˈnuːmɒn] n → epilogo
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