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Definition of Denouement

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final result, outcome, conclusion (in a novel, play, film, etc.)
Denouement Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The unraveling or discovery of a plot; the catastrophe, especially of a drama or a romance.
The solution of a mystery; issue; outcome.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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That part of a play or story in which the mystery is cleared up.
1. the final resolution of a literary or dramatic plot 2. the outcome of a complex sequence of events: "We were in the restaurant for an hour looking for my car keys, glaring suspiciously at the patrons around us, only to reach an embarrassing denouement -- they were in my back pocket."
***When the '70s pass before my eyes, I feel myself sink again into the murk, sucked back into the violence and stupidity, the sleaze and failure, the narcissism and paranoia. It all comes back: riots at the gas pumps, terrorists on every flight, double-digit inflation, the last ignominious helicopters out of Saigon, the explosion of crime, the lousy cars from Detroit, Nixon's sweating upper lip as he says good-bye, the Club of Rome's gaudy apocalypse, the massive dumbing down of everything, and the perfect denouement -- the Ayatollah and the hostage crisis." Lance Morrow. "How the '70s Changed America," [Review of 'How We Got Here -- The 70s' by David Frum] (February 20, 2000).
WordNet 2.0

1. the outcome of a complex sequence of events
(hypernym) result, resultant, final result, outcome, termination
2. the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
(hypernym) solution, answer, result, resolution, solvent