• WordNet 3.6
    • n denouement the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
    • n denouement the outcome of a complex sequence of events
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dénouement The solution of a mystery; issue; outcome.
    • Dénouement The unraveling or discovery of a plot; the catastrophe, especially of a drama or a romance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Denouement dā-nōō′mong the unravelling of a plot or story: the issue, event, or outcome.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dénouement, fr. dénouer, to untie; pref. dé-,L. dis-,) + nouer, to tie, fr. L. nodus, knot, perh. for gnodus, and akin to E. knot,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dénouement or dénoûment; dénouer, to untie—de, neg., and nouer, to tie—L. nodus, a knot.


In literature:

I know it, and now all I can say to you is, hold your judgment until the denouement.
"Oscar the Detective" by Harlan Page Halsey
We have said that it was a tragedy, and the denouement of the tragedy remains to be given.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
This story of the coming of Camillus is too much like the last act of a stage-play, or the denouement of a novel, to be true.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I am determined to push through to some startling denouement.
"A Successful Shadow" by Harlan Page Halsey
They were rather thrilled at the prospect of a denouement to the story of Harboro's eccentricity.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
For the reader's sake, and for my own as well, I shall pass hurriedly over the denouement.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
The denouement came quickly upon the heels of the admonition.
"The Life of the Party" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
The plot, indeed, is the arrangement of incidents with reference to the denouement.
"The Writing of the Short Story" by Lewis Worthington Smith
And I must almost close my eyes and stumble blindly through a storm of denouements.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
The chevalier did not expect this denouement.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

In news:

BEIJING — It is a familiar tale of modern China with a sadly predictable denouement.
A Painful Denouement in Akron, Even for the Media (Updated).
Redistricting's denouement : Senate Democrats walk out.
For Edwards, Drama Builds Toward a Denouement .
It's the denouement , stupid.
Denouement of a Family Feud.
The disappointment in Snake Eyes is that, with Cage and everything else it has going for it, its fervor finally dissipates in a muddled, seemingly tossed-off denouement.
Caro's Pulitzer-winning multivolume biography reaches a magisterial climax (though not its Vietnam era denouement) in this riveting account of Johnson's vice-presidency in the Kennedy administration and early presidency through 1964.
Dawn is the sonically richest time of day, the peak of any biophonic orchestra, and to Krause's ears it's the denouement of an evolutionary narrative's daily retelling.
The actor is aided by Coalhouse's acid-etched story, which provides the musical's heart-wrenching denouement.
Here is a guess at the denouement of the Rhodesian saga.
It can be recorded that on the sere autumn day of the 17th of November in Washington, DC, the great American tragedy of Iraq reached its denouement when the end if not the absolute solution could be seen clearly.
It's a mystery denouement so clichéd that it's avoided by Hollywood movie makers and mystery writers alike.

In science:

The long quest for high-intensity muon storage rings appears to be nearing a denouement.
Muon Cooling and Future Muon Facilities: The Coming Decade