Weird Word: Denouement

by on Dec.02, 2013, under Weird Words, Writing

Denouement

Noun

  • The conclusion or resolution of a plot.

Example Usage:

This was not the denouement of her quest, if she had anything to say about it. Sure, the prince was rescued, the dragon saved, and the kingdom lay in ruins, but there was one thing yet unfinished; make the villains pay for what they did to her hair!

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Commentary:

Anybody else read denouncement every time they look at denouement? Me too! But I’ve fallen in love with this word. A word meaning the end of a plot. I assumed such a word existed but now both of us know what it is! We just need to work it into normal conversation. There is a footnote that this word is often used metaphorically, which I find interesting as well. Calling something that isn’t a denouement a denouement to impart some sort of meaning that it finished off something seems difficult to manage. Probably only because this word has likely fallen out of common usage.

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