Definition of Denouement

1. Noun. The outcome of a complex sequence of events.




2. Noun. The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.
Generic synonyms: Answer, Resolution, Result, Solution, Solvent

Definition of Denouement

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of dénouement) ¹

2. Noun. (often used metaphorically) The conclusion or resolution of a plot. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Denouement

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Medical Definition of Denouement

1. 1. The unraveling or discovery of a plot; the catastrophe, especially of a drama or a romance. 2. The solution of a mystery; issue; outcome. Origin: F. Denouement, fr. Denouer to untie; pref. De- (L. Dis-) + nouer to tie, fr. L. Nodus knot, perh. For gnodus and akin to E. Knot. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Denouement

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1. Writing the Short-story: A Practical Handbook on the Rise, Structure by Joseph Berg Esenwein (1918)
"denouement From the foregoing it will appear how intimately climax is associated with denouement. Just as crisis leads immediately to climax, ..."

2. Dictionary of national biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1892)
"Numerous indentures and agree- shape of a denouement of action. The ' Par- ' ments concerning Drury Lane Theatre also sons Wedding' is outspoken enough for ..."

3. The Art and the Business of Story Writing by Walter B. Pitkin (1922)
"The direct denouement. This is the ideal finish of the pure dramatic story. If action and character development have advanced apace; if, in the supreme ..."

4. The Appreciation of the Drama by Charles Henry Caffin (1908)
"CHAPTER X CLIMAX — denouement — CATASTROPHE IN my copy of Hedda Gabler the Introduction and Development occupy 115 pages, while only 70 suffice for the ..."

5. A History of English Poetry by William John Courthope (1903)
"But there is a fatal weakness in the denouement. It is true that, in point of mere dramatic art, Shakespeare has never shown finer skill than in applying ..."

6. The Greville Memoirs: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV., King by Charles Greville (1903)
"... Gladstone—Introduction of the Reform Bill—The Annexation of Savoy and Nice—Annexation of Tuscany to Piedmont—The denouement of the Plot—Complete Apathy ..."

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