infernal machine


Definition of infernal machine

: a machine or apparatus maliciously designed to explode and destroy life or property especially : a concealed or disguised bomb

Examples of infernal machine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 5:30 o'clock this afternoon, Lloyd's issued a statement that the Lusitania was believed to have been blown up by an infernal machine., 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of infernal machine

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Infernal machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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