"deus ex machina" (Latin)

What does the Latin term deus ex machina mean?

"Deus ex machina" is a Latin term that translates to "god from the machine." It refers to a narrative device in storytelling where a seemingly unsolvable problem or conflict is suddenly and unexpectedly resolved by the intervention of an external or divine force.

Examples in Sentences

Here are three example sentences using the term "deus ex machina":
  • In the play's final act, a deus ex machina appeared, magically resolving all the conflicts and bringing about a happy ending.
  • Some critics argue that the author's reliance on a deus ex machina ending undermined the narrative's believability and emotional impact.
  • The unexpected arrival of the long-lost relative provided a convenient deus ex machina solution to the protagonist's financial woes.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.