Thursday, May 10, 2007
denouement noun [day-noo-MAWN] The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.
Definitions for denouement
- The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.
- The outcome of a complex sequence of events.
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for denouement
And perhaps this helps to explain the frequency of the violent denouement in contemporary novels: in the country that embraced the slogan "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," how do you call it quits on a character who is still breathing?
Of course, the crusaders were losers in the short run, but Europe's storytellers have traditionally awarded them the righteous victory and not dwelt on the embarrassing denouement.
Origin of denouement
Denouement is from French, from Old French denoer, "to untie," from Latin de- + nodare, "to tie in a knot," from nodus, "a knot."