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machination

[mak-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌmæk əˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of machinating.
2.
Usually, machinations. crafty schemes; plots; intrigues.
Origin of machination
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English machinacion < Latin māchinātiōn- (stem of māchinātiō). See machinate, -ion
Related forms
antimachination, adjective
Synonyms
2. stratagem, device.
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machination

/ˌmækɪˈneɪʃən; ˌmæʃ-/
noun
1.
an intrigue, plot, or scheme
2.
the act of devising plots or schemes
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Word Origin and History for machinations

machination

n.

late 15c., "a plotting, intrigue," from Old French machinacion "plot, conspiracy, scheming, intrigue," from Latin machinationem (nominative machinatio) "device, contrivance, machination," noun of action from past participle stem of machinari "contrive skillfully, to design; to scheme, to plot," from machina (see machine). Related: Machinations.

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