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Deus ex machina

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Definition of the noun deus ex machina

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  1. any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty


  1. Deus Ex Machina is an Italian progressive rock group. Members include Claudio Trotta, Alessandro Porreca Maurino Collina, Alessandro Bonetti Fabrizio Puglisi and Alberto Piras.
    • genre: Progressive rock
    • albums: "Diacronie Metronomiche", "Cinque", "De republica", "Equilibrismo da insofferenza", "Haunted Music", "Deus ex machina", "Gladium caeli", "Imparis"
    • official website:
  2. Deus Ex Machina is a popular Greek hardcore punk band from Athens formed in 1989 by Dimitris Spyropoulos and Dimitris Manthos, with Spyropoulos and Yiannis Venardis having already been early Greek Punk scene's 'veterans'.
  3. Deus ex Machina is a musical group.
  4. Deus Ex Machina is a musical group.


  1. "Deus Ex Machina" is the first full-length album from Leaves' Eyes frontwoman Liv Kristine. Unlike her follow-up, "Enter My Religion", she only co-wrote two songs: the title track and "In the Heart of Juliet". The song "3 am" is a duet between Liv Kristine and Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost.
  2. "Deus Ex Machina" is the debut album of composer Paul Schütze, released in 1989 through Extreme Records.
  3. "Deus ex Machina" is a composition by Michael Daugherty. It is a 33 minute composition commissioned by the Charlotte, Nashville, New Jersey, Rochester and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. It won the 2011 Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for a recording by soloist Terrance Wilson and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero.
    • also known as Michael Daugherty: Deus Ex Machina; Daugherty, Michael: Deus Ex Machina
    • music by Michael Daugherty
    • award:
      • Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition (Track from Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony, 2011 Best Classical Contemporary Composition) nomination for Michael Daugherty
      • Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition (Track from Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony, Composer), received by Michael Daugherty
  4. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of Vesania.
    • released on
  5. "Deus Ex Machina": Deus Ex Machina is a 1993 album by Deus ex Machina.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  6. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of Agressiva 69.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  7. "Deus ex machina" is an EP by Trono de Sangre.
    • released on
  8. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of Cerebellum.
  9. "Deus ex machina" is a musical album of Deus Ex Machina.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  10. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of The Force Dimension.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  11. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical EP of Else.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  12. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of Mel Croucher.
  13. "Deus ex machina" is a musical album of Onirot.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  14. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of Mindustries.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  15. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of Advance.
    • released on
  16. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of Greek Fire.
    • released on
  17. "Deus Ex Machina" is a musical album of React.


  1. "Deus Ex Machina" is a book published in 1950 that was written by Francis G. Rayer.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (65 years ago)
  2. "Deus Ex Machina" is a book by J. V. Brummels.
    • genre: Speculative fiction
    • copyright: 1989


  1. "Deus Ex Machina" is a 2009 short film written and directed by Urodovskikh Roman.
  2. "Deus ex Machina" is a 1994 short film written and directed by Vincent Mayrand.


"Deus Ex Machina" was a computer game designed and created by Mel Croucher and published by Automata UK for the ZX Spectrum in October 1984 and later converted to other popular 8-bit formats.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Automata UK
  • genre: Simulation video game
  • released in (31 years ago)


Deus Ex Machina is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Revolutions.


Deus ex machina is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved by the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object. Depending on how it is done, it can be intended to move the story forward when the writer has "painted himself into a corner" and sees no other way out, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending, or as a comedic device.

  • also known as เดวส์เอกส์มาคีนา

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Deus ex machina

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Google previewThe Machine at Work (2013)

Technology, Work and Organization by Keith Grint, Steve Woolgar

Deus ex machina refers to the convention of the god appearing in the sky, an effect which was achieved by means of a crane...

Google previewPhraseology (2008)

Thousands of Bizarre Origins, Unexpected Connections, and Fascinating Facts about English's Best Expressions by Barbara Ann Kipfer

a dessert grape is grown for eating rather than for making wine a dessert spoon is equal to 1⁄2 tablespoon dessert wines are 14 –24 percent alcohol deus ex machina is an unexpected power or event saving ...

Google previewInsurrection (2011)

To Believe Is Human To Doubt, Divine by Peter Rollins

The deus ex machina is an idol of ...

Google previewScience & Christianity (2000)

Four Views by Richard F. Carlson

The deus ex machina is an unexpected and contrived solution to a difficult problem of the plot. In ancient Greece it was expected that some plays would end with one of the gods tidying up loose ends. Plot difficulties can always be solved in ...

Google previewThe Pub in Literature (2000)

England's Altered State by Steven Earnshaw

The deus ex machina is the death of Aimwell's elder brother so that Aimwell can inherit the estate. The unbounded joy of all at these circumstances rather than grief at the loss of the brother, someone who was regarded as honourable and ...

Google previewDictionary of the Theatre (1998)

Terms, Concepts, and Analysis by Patrice Pavis, Christine Shantz

Deus ex machina; Sp.: deus ex machina. The deus ex machina (literally, the god from a machine) is a dramaturgical notion that accounts for an ending through the appearance of an unexpected character. 1. In some productions of Greek ...

Google previewPocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (2010)

by Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki, Cherith Fee Nordling

Latin for “a god from a machine,” the deus ex machina was a dramatic device used in ancient Greek and Roman drama whereby a “god” would be unexpectedly introduced into a play to provide a solution to an otherwise unsolvable problem.

Google previewThe Drama Dictionary (1998)

by Terry Hodgson

Hence the term *deus ex machina. Machine. Name "griven to a *workshop technique in which the workshop director tells a group of actors to interpret a word or feeling by making a *gesture or movement. One actor begins and repeats the ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

deus ex machina A Latin phrase meaning god out of a machine, used to mean a contrived, unlikely solution to a problem. diaspora A Greek word meaning scattering, used to mean ...

Google previewDictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893)

Including Phrases, Mottoes, Maxims, Proverbs, Definitions, Aphorisms, and Sayings of the Wise Men, in Their Bearing on Life, Literature, Speculation, Science, Art, Religion, and Morals, Especially in the Modern Aspects of Them, by Rev. James Wood

Deus ex machina— A mechanical instead of a rational or spiritual explanation (/it. a god mechanically introduced). Deus hsec fortasse benigna / Reducet in sedem vice — God will perhaps by a gracious change restore these things to a stable ...

Google previewStudents' Edition of a Standard Dictionary of the English Language ... (1907)

Containing Also, an Appendix of Proper Names, Foreign Phrases, Faulty Diction, Disputed Pronunciations, Abbreviations, Etc., Etc. 1,225 Pictorial Illustrations by James Champlin Fernald

deus ex machina. [L.] A god [let down) from the machine: said in allusion to antique, theatrical machinery.

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Video shows what deus ex machina means. Any resolution to a story that does not pay due regard to the story's internal logic and that is so unlikely that it ...

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