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de·noue·ment also dé·noue·ment  audio  (dn-mä) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot.
    2. The events following the climax of a drama or novel in which such a resolution or clarification takes place.
  1. The outcome of a sequence of events; the end result.

ETYMOLOGY:
French dénouement, from Old French desnouement, an untying, from desnouer, to undo : des-, de- + nouer, to tie (from Latin ndre, from ndus, knot; see ned- in Indo-European roots)


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