machination

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

Definition of machination

1 :an act of machinating
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

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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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