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denouement (day-noo-MAHN) noun

1. The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot. The events following the climax of a drama or novel in which such a resolution or clarification takes place.

2. The outcome of a sequence of events; the end result.

[French denouement, from Old French desnouement, an untying, from desnouer, to undo : des-, de- + nouer, to tie (from Latin nodare, from nodus, knot.]

"However, there's not much she can do to spice up Marc Lawrence's witless, uninspired screenplay, which, despite an unpredictable denouement, fails to captivate and leave a meaningful impression."
Tam Notosusanto, A Fling Amid Bad Weather in 'Forces of Nature', The Jakarta Post, 8 Aug 1999.

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