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 novel
s 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.