V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the part of something, such as a play, in which complexities are resolved, the outcome is made clear, and no mystery or surprise remains, commonly, but not exclusively, at the end; 2. the outcome or consequence of a series of events

Synonyms: conclusion, solution, resolution, outcome, finale, result


Tips: Denouement comes from the Old French word desnoer, "to untie." In the denouement, all the interwoven threads in a plot are essentially untied or unraveled.

Usage Examples:

The audience discovered at the play's denouement that, surprisingly, the butler had not done it. (conclusion)

When my first flight was late and I missed my connecting flight, I was put on a flight through a different city, and the denouement was that my luggage was lost forever. (result, outcome)

This plot line of this book has its reader hanging by a thread until the denouement, where the mystery is finally revealed. (conclusion)

The trial was extremely complex and dragged on for months, but the guilty verdict was the denouement the prosecution had hoped for. (outcome, result, resolution)

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