denouement

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GRE

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

the end of something

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denouement - ending

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The formal word ‘denouement’ is used to express the final outcome of a story or a complex sequence of events. It is most commonly used in relation to the concluding part of a book, play, or movie where everything is explained and loose ends are tied up, but the term is not limited to that. Can be used in both a social and professional context.

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Synonyms termination,cessation
Antonyms inaugurate,commencement

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  1. The detective novel had a most unexpected denouement. I never guessed that the priest was the murderer!

  2. Being made redundant was not a fitting denouement to Brian’s career. He spent 35 years working for that company.

  3. The court case will reach its denouement tomorrow when the jury finish their deliberations and return a verdict.

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