from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The solution of a mystery; the winding up or catastrophe of a plot, as of a novel, drama, etc.; the issue, as of any course of conduct; the event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The unraveling or discovery of a plot; the catastrophe, especially of a drama or a romance.
  • noun The solution of a mystery; issue; outcome.

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  • noun The conclusion or resolution of a plot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the outcome of a complex sequence of events
  • noun the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work


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Borrowing from French dénouement.


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  • In literature, a dénouement (pronounced /deɪnu�?ˈmɑ̃/) consists of a series of events that follow a dramatic or narrative's climax, thus serving as the conclusion of the story. Conflicts are resolved, creating normality for the characters and a sense of catharsis, or release of tension and anxiety, for the reader. Etymologically, the French word dénouement is derived from the Old French word denoer, "to untie", from nodus, Latin for "knot." Simply put, a dénouement is the unraveling or untying of the complexities of a plot.


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