\ \ [18] A denouement is literally an ‘untying of a knot’. It was borrowed from French (its first recorded use in English is by Lord Chesterfield in one of his famous letters to his son (1752)), where it was a derivative of dénouerundo’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix - ‘un-’ and nouertie’, which came ultimately from Latin nōdusknot’ (source of English newel, node, nodule, and noose).

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  • denouement — or dénouement [dā΄no͞o män′] n. [Fr < dénouer, to untie < dé (L dis ), from, out + nouer, to tie < L nodare, to knot < nodus, a knot: see NODE] 1. the outcome, solution, unraveling, or clarification of a plot in a drama, story, etc. 2 …   English World dictionary

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