The meaning of DEVS·EX·MACHINA


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Main Entry: 

deus ex machina   DEUS EX MACHINA
(or in old Latin writing:  DEVS·EX·MACHINA)


 
Pronunciation:

Same as the pronunciation of the words: “day us ex mark in a”.


Function:

Noun


Etymology:

New Latin, “a god from a machine”, translation of Greek “theos ek mEchanEs”, by which in ancient Greek and Roman dramas, gods were introduced by means of a crane to decide the final outcome.


Meaning:

Power, event, person, or thing that comes in the nick of time to solve difficulty; Providential interposition, especially in a novel or play.


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Copyright © DEVS·EX·MACHINA Pty LimitedCreated: 29 Oct 2002
Page authored by Andrew WhiteUpdated: 26 Jan 2013

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