denouement

[dey-noo-mahn]
noun
1.
the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
2.
the place in the plot at which this occurs.
3.
the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
Also, dénouement.


Origin:
1745–55; < French: literally, an untying, equivalent to dénouer to untie, Old French desnoer (des- de- + noer to knot < Latin nōdāre, derivative of nōdus knot) + -ment -ment


3. solution, conclusion, end, upshot.
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denouement or French dénouement (deɪˈnuːmɒn, denumɑ̃)
 
n
1.  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]
 
dénouement or French dénouement
 
n
 
[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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denouement
1752, from Fr. dénouement "an untying" (of plot), from dénouer "untie," from O.Fr. desnouer, from des- "un-, out" (from L. dis-) + nouer "to tie, knot" (from L. nodus "a knot").
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dénouement [(day-nooh-mahnn)]

The solution or outcome of the plot of a play or novel: “In the dénouement of many tragedies, the main character dies.”

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denouement

in literature, the final action that completes the unraveling of the plot in a play, especially in a tragedy. Catastrophe is a synonym of denouement. The term is sometimes applied to a similar action in a novel or story.

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Example sentences
As yet, the denouement remains unwritten.
He doesn't buy the standard Hollywood story arc that culminates in a feel-good
  denouement.
But when the denouement comes our eyes widen in astonishment.
But it's not the denouement that keeps us transfixed.
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