An Act of God
“Damnum fatale,” such as loss by lightning,
shipwreck, fire, etc.; loss arising from fatality, and not from one's
own fault, theft, and so on. A Devonshire jury once found a verdict—
“That deceased died by the act of God, brought about by the flooded
condition of the river.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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