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Definition the outcome of a complex sequence of events — especially the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
  • Everyone was astonished by the denouement of the case.
denouement = the outcome of a complex sequence of events — especially the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
  • While suspicion was to be directed against him, she would be making quiet preparations for a very different denouement.
    Christie, Agatha  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • She remembered reading them in Mr. Pierce's seventh-grade English class, talking about symbolism, metaphors, and denouement.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • denouement = the final resolution of the main complication of a literary work
  • Roth's later fiction has often fought shy of the consolations of denouement, of resolving into major-key finales:
    Bharat Tandon  --  "Philip Roth and the consolations of denouement", The Times Literary Supplement, 9/26/07  --  http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article2537908.ece?EMC-Bltn (retrieved 03/19/09)
  • The denouement had come as an additional blow.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • "What an amazing denouement that was," I said.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He was impatient as the jest elaborately rolled on to its denouement.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • "I don't think you would have cared for its DENOUEMENT," he said with sudden grimness.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I thought there was going to be a denouement of tragic scope.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • He began laughing and as he laughed, he moved in with amazing speed and grace for the denouement.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Real life seldom structures a decent denouement.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It was probably this universal concurrence that had saved Billford's practice — if not his head — following the ghastly denouement.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • They considered the enormous English wickedness in silence, overwhelmed by its denouement.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He was not sorry for the denouement of his visit: he only wished it had come sooner, and spared him a certain waste of emotion.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He had no intention, as yet, of regulating the denouement.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • The tension began to build, and I found myself clutching the telescope as I waited for the denouement, wondering what had prompted George's swift transformation.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Deaths and disclosures, universal and particular, denouements both unexpected and inexorable, transvestite melodrama on all levels including the suggestive.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • He waited until 10:00 p.m. before he gave up and drove back to Norsjö, where he had a late dinner and then went to bed to read the denouement of Val McDermid's novel.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • After which harrowing denouement sufficient to appal the stoutest he snapped the blade to and stowed the weapon in question away as before in his chamber of horrors, otherwise pocket.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • After years of watching women quietly accept abuse, it is cathartic to see someone like Usha lead a countercharge—even if we're uncomfortable with the bloody denouement and cannot condone murder.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky

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