deus ex machinaplay
Simple Definition of deus ex machina
: a character or thing that suddenly enters the story in a novel, play, movie, etc., and solves a problem that had previously seemed impossible to solve
Full Definition of deus ex machina
1 : a god introduced by means of a crane in ancient Greek and Roman drama to decide the final outcome
2 : a person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty
Origin of deus ex machina
New Latin, a god from a machine, translation of Greek theos ek mēchanēs
First Known Use: 1697
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