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Word of the Day 9/29/14 Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina (noun)
deus ex machina [dey-uh s eks mah-kuh-nuh, dee-uh s eks mak-uh-nuh]


noun
1. (in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot.
2. any artificial or improbable device resolving the difficulties of a plot.

Origin: 1690-1700; < Neo-Latin literally, god from a machine (i.e., stage machinery from which a deity's statue was lowered), as translation of Greek apò mēchanês theós (Demosthenes), theòs ek mēchanês (Menander), etc.

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