I remember reading this word in a commented version (Norton Critical Edition, to be exact) of "A Clockwork Orange". It is used to describe the last chapter, in which the protagonist, Alex, realizes that all his previous doings of violence all wrong and he wants to change a lifestyle.
It does not seem to be an easy word to look up. I googled about it and resulted in vain. Apparently my vague definition of the word does not help either. I read the book in a library, and the word was in one of those supplementary parts after the main story, so it would not be realistic for me to look it up in the book.