dii ex machinis

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dii ex machinis

  1. (rare) plural form of deus ex machina
    • 1839: John Richard Darley, A Treatise on Homer: With Miscellaneous Questions, page 72 (Samuel J. Machen)
      [] hence, the gods in the Iliad are never “ Dii ex machinis,” they are providential and governing, they prepare the conflict, mature the crisis, []
    • 1882: The Dublin Journal of Medical Science, volume № 73, page 329 (Fannin & Co.)
      [] assume nervous influences of which the student has no knowledge, and which he must provisionally regard as dii ex machinis, to be looked-up afterwards.
    • 2005: Christoph Clausen, Macbeth Multiplied: Negotiating Historical and Medial Difference Between Shakespeare and Verdi, page 161 (Rodopi; ISBN 90‒420‒1887‒9, 978‒90‒420‒1887‒7)
      In John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (1728), the ludicrously contrived last-minute rescue of Maceath works as a deliberate deflation of opera’s various dii ex machinis.