Not the same as the climax of a story; the denouement is the conclusion, where the author ties up loose ends (sort of a wind-down, an anti-climax). Very often left out these days in novels for which the author or script-writer plans on writing a sequel. The denouement (screw the accent, I'm lazy) is a good thing; it means the author has a clear idea of where his work is going and where it's been, without regard for turning the book into a franchise.

Very often used, along with words like enjambment, by third-rate educators wanting to sound intelligent. I've found nothing pisses them off more than mispronouncing it.

D'e`noue`ment" (?), n. [F. d'enouement, fr. d'enouer to untie; pref. d'e- (L. dis-) + nouer to tie, fr. L. nodus knot, perh. for gnodus and akin to E. knot.]

1.

The unraveling or discovery of a plot; the catastrophe, especially of a drama or a romance.

2.

The solution of a mystery; issue; outcome.

 

© Webster 1913.

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