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1.
Dates from ancient Greek times, where "deus ex machina" ("god from the machine") in a play referred to the act of lowering a god on stage using a cable device (therefore, a god from a machine) to decide in a dilemma and give fate a nudge, so to say.

These days, deus ex machina has the negative connotation of an utterly improbable, illogical or baseless plot twist that drastically alters the situation, as if the "deus ex machina" came down to give fate that little push.
I liked the movie, but the ending was total crap...they could've come up with a better way to beat the villain than the deus ex machina ending of that guy miraculously coming back to life.
by Fluid October 10, 2003
 
2.
Literally "God from the machine", Deus Ex Machina originally referred to Greek plays, where the "gods" would be lowered onto the stage in order to provide a quick resolution to the story. Today, Deus Ex Machina refers to any improbably and/or overly convenient character or mechanism that comes out of nowhere saves the character(s) from their doom.
For a hilarious send-up of Deus Ex Machina, check out the spaceship scene in Monty Python's Life of Brian.
by Gazuga April 26, 2004
 
3.
Situation in which one escapes by means noone could distinctly or indirectly predict.

Plot device in which the author makes up stupid shit to save his character.
None needed.
by larstait October 08, 2003
 
4.
Latin phrase meaning "providential intervention." Literally translated as "god from machine."
A deus ex machina servabar.
by britishguy April 18, 2004
 
5.
A story ending that involves something inexplicable and unexpected, which usually requires a suspension of logic from the audience. Latin for "god from the machine", it originally referred to God showing up at the end of a play and simply resolving all the character's problems.
Who shot JR? Just the old deus ex machina, the whole season was a dream.
by Bean64 October 19, 2009
 
6.
a) an improbable or unexpected device or character that suddenly appears to resolve a situation

b) something that makes no sense but is added so that the story can end
a) the naval officer in lord of the flies is a deus ex machina

b) wasnt all them surviving in 2012 a deus ex machina?
by tiffanyohplease January 07, 2010
 
7.
as such a angle come to solve problems
i.e a sudden and unexpted turn of events
good or bad
the world needs a deus ex machina
by malcolm kinsuke townsend June 11, 2008