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machination

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noun mach·i·na·tion \ˌma-kə-ˈnā-shən, ˌma-shə-\

Definition of machination

  1. 1 :  an act of machinating

  2. 2 :  a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end <backstage machinations … that have dominated the film industry — Peter Bogdanovich>



Examples of machination in a sentence

  1. <incredibly complicated machinations to assassinate the president that inevitably failed>



15th Century

First Known Use of machination

15th century

Synonym Discussion of machination

plot, intrigue, machination, conspiracy, cabal mean a plan secretly devised to accomplish an evil or treacherous end. plot implies careful foresight in planning a complex scheme <an assassination plot>. intrigue suggests secret underhanded maneuvering in an atmosphere of duplicity <backstairs intrigue>. machination implies a contriving of annoyances, injuries, or evils by indirect means <the machinations of a party boss>. conspiracy implies a secret agreement among several people usually involving treason or great treachery <a conspiracy to fix prices>. cabal typically applies to political intrigue involving persons of some eminence <a cabal among powerful senators>.


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