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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