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Denouement

[dā-ˌnü-ˈmä]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French

1.

The resolution of a plot's many threads

2.

The culmination of a series of events

Examples of Denouement in a sentence

"The final episode of the series tied up all loose ends and was the satisfying denouement we'd waited for."

"If you want a happy ending, you will be disappointed by the play's denouement."

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About Denouement

Among the most famous denouements in film history is that of Homer’s epic, the Odyssey. After an epic journey fighting in wars, slaying monsters, and fending off the suitors trying to win over his wife, our hero finally reclaims his home.

Did you Know?

It should come as no surprise that denouement comes to us from the French language, where it relates to the word for "untying."

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