di ex machina

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di ex machina

  1. plural form of deus ex machina
    • 1913: E.H. Pearce, M.A., Sion College and Library, page 102 (Cambridge University Press) · (also reprinted in 2008)
      Then appeared three di ex machina in the persons of John Denne, D.D., vicar of St Leonard, Shoreditch, rector of Lambeth, and Archdeacon and Canon of Rochester; Robert Drew, rector of St Margaret Pattens, and Prebendary of St Paul’s; and Reuben Clarke, D.D., rector of St Magnus the Martyr, Archdeacon of Essex, and chaplain in ordinary to George II.
    • 1975: Christopher Traugott Hermann Rudolph Ehrhardt, Studies in the Reigns of Demetrius II and Antigonus Doson : Text, page 233 (State University of New York at Buffalo)
      It was in these circumstances that the Romans appeared, practically as di ex machina, with a fleet of two hundred ships, in contrast to the Achaeans’ ten, []
    • 2003, May 31st: Jared Lobdell (editor), The Detective Fiction Reviews of Charles Williams, 1930–1935, page 2 (McFarland & Co.; ISBN 0786414545, 9780786414543)
      Of the others, I should say here that their various di ex machina include Tarot cards (The Greater Trumps), []