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

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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., "May 7, 1915: Lusitania Torpedoed," 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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