An unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel.
More example sentences
- In Racine's account it is this second Iphigenia who sacrifices herself; in this way Racine avoided the deus ex machina of Diana's appearance in Euripides' tragedy.
- And thus the too-good-to-be-true ending is not only useful flattery of the king, but also a deus ex machina so blatant the author surely wants us to disbelieve it.
- But for the grace of the deus ex machina, Measure for Measure would have turned into King Lear.
Definition of deus ex machina in:
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