Meaning of “deus ex machina” in the English Dictionary

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"deus ex machina" in British English

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deus ex machinanoun [ S ]

uk /ˌdeɪ.əs eks ˈmæk.ɪ.nə/ us /ˌdeɪ.əs eks ˈmɑː.kɪ.nə/ formal

Examples from literature

  • But there was always a deus ex machina for us when we were in trouble. 
  • First of all, science by definition avoids the 'deus ex machina' assumption. 
  • In the ancient drama it was deus ex machina that came in at the end to solve the problems of the play. 

(Definition of “deus ex machina” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)