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Deus (2 syl.)

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Deus ex maʹchina. The intervention of a god, or some unlikely event, in order to extricate from difficulties in which a clumsy author has involved himself; any forced incident, such as the arrival of a rich uncle from the Indies to help a young couple in their pecuniary embarrassments. Literally, it means “a god (let down upon the stage or flying in the air) by machinery.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Despair
Dessert
Destruction
Destructives (The)
Desultory
Detest
Deucalion
Deuce
Dence-ace
Deuce of Cards (The)
Deus
Deva’s Vale
Development
Devil
Devil among the Tailors (The)
Devil and Bag oNails (The)
Devil and Dr. Faustus (The)
Devil and his Dam (The)
Devil and the Deep Sea (Between the)
Devil and Tom Walker (The)
Devil catch the Hindmost (The)

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