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 Dale Stewart, 54, of Webster, N.H. was arrested Thursday evening and arraigned Friday morning on felony charges that include throwing or placing explosives, possessing an infernal machine, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, and second degree assault, police said. Steven Porter,, 28 Apr. 2023 Aycock’s strangely infernal machine upends historical associations between weaving and delicate women’s work, inserting monumental sculpture into the postindustrial dialogue. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of infernal machine was in 1810

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“Infernal machine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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