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deus ex machina Explained

deus ex machina at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1697, from Mod.L. translation of Gk. theos ek mekhanes, lit. "the god from the machina," the device by which "gods" were suspended over the stage in Gk. theater (see machine). The fem. is dea ex machina. ///

deus ex machina at Interlingua => English Of Explained:

[L]deus ex machina

deus ex machina at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Stage device in Greek and Roman drama in which a god appeared in the sky by means of a crane (Greek, mechane) to resolve the plot of a play. Plays by Sophocles and particularly Euripides sometimes require the device. The term now denotes something that appears suddenly and unexpectedly and provides an artificial solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty.

deus ex machina at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[sing.] (literary) an unexpected power or event that saves a situation that seems without hope, especially in a play or novel

deus ex machina at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

deus ex machina
n : any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve and
insoluble difficulty

deus ex machina at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Alternative forms

* deus ex machinâ Inter: qualifier » with marked ablative


From Inter: etyl » la|en Inter: term » deus ex machina|deus ex māchinā|lang=la, from Inter: term » deus||lang=la|a god + Inter: term » ex||lang=la|from + Inter: term » machina||lang=la|a device, a scaffolding, an artifice > calque from Ancient Greek Inter: term » ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός|tr=apò mêkhanễs theós|lang=grc


* Inter: IPA » /ˈdejəs ɛks ˈmæʃɪnə/


Inter: head » en|noun|head={{l|la|deus Inter: l » la|ex Inter: l » la|machina|plural|dei ex machina|or|dii ex machina|or|di ex machina|or|dei ex machinis|or|dii ex machinis|or|di ex machinis}}
  • Any resolution to a story that does not pay due regard to the story's internal logic and that is so unlikely that it challenges suspension of disbelief, and presumably allows the author, director, or developer to end the story in the way that he or she desired
    1. : Oh, now Im backed into a corner, and can't devise a way out. I could sure use a deus ex machina right about now!''
    2. A contrived solution to a problem, relying on an agent external to the situation.
    3. : ''We used a sale of the business at a ridiculously high multiple to make the numbers work, a deus ex machina.

    Inter: examples-right » sense=contrived plot resolution|examples=1. The protagonist waking up, realizing it was all a dream.
    2. Another hero coming in out of an unexpected place to save someone at the last second

    Usage notes

    * The plurals ending in Inter: term » |ex machina|lang=en literally translate to “gods from one machine”, whereas the plurals ending in Inter: term » |ex machinis|lang=en literally translate to “gods from machines”; in their usage, these plurals generally retain this distinction in sense, however figuratively.

    Related terms

    * dea ex machina Inter: qualifier » feminine


    Inter: trans-top » contrived plot resolution
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|الآلة السابقين الإله|sc=Arab
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|解圍的人或事件|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|解围的人或事件|tr=jiěwéi de rén huò shìjiàn|sc=Hani
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|keinotekoinen Inter: t- » fi|juonenkäänne, Inter: t- » fi|deus ex machina
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|deus ex machina|m
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Deus ex Machina|m
    • Greek:
    • : Ancient: Inter: tø » grc|ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός|tr=apò mêkhanễs theós
    • : Modern: Inter: t+ » el|από μηχανής θεός|tr=apó mikhanís theós

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|deus ex machina|m
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|どんでん返し|tr=don den gaeshi, Inter: t- » ja|デウスエクスマキナ|tr=deusu ekusu makina|sc=Jpan
  • Korean: Inter: t- » ko|데우스 엑스 마키나|tr=de-useu egseu makina|sc=Kore
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|deus ex machina
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|deus ex machina|m
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|бог из машины|m|alt=«бог из машины»|tr=box iz mašíny
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|deus ex máchina
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|räddande ängel

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » contrived solution to a problem
    • Inter: trreq » ar:
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|解圍的人或事件|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|解围的人或事件|tr=jiěwéi de rén huò shìjiàn|sc=Hani
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|ihmeratkaisu
    • Inter: trreq » fr:
    • Inter: trreq » de:
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|deus ex machina|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|急場しのぎ
  • Inter: trreq » ko:
  • Inter: trreq » pl:
  • Inter: trreq » pt:
  • Inter: trreq » ru:
  • Inter: trreq » es:

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
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    A calque of Inter: etyl » grc|- Inter: term » ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός|tr=apò mêkhanễs theós|lang=grc|sc=polytonic.


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  • deus ex machina

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    Category: Category:Latin phrases -
    Translation: et » deus ex machina
    Translation: el » deus ex machina
    Translation: es » deus ex machina
    Translation: fr » deus ex machina
    Translation: ja » deus ex machina
    Translation: pl » deus ex machina
    Translation: pt » deus ex machina
    Translation: ru » deus ex machina
    Translation: sv » deus ex machina