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The collective term applied since the 18th century to the supernatural beings—gods, angels, devils, nymphs, etc.—who take part in the action of an epic or mock‐epic poem or in a dramatic work. The term is taken from the Greek dramatic convention of the deus ex machina, and is also applied in a more familiar sense to the cranes, moving sets, and other contraptions used in the theatre.

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