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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
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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Examples from the web for machination
  • In other words, after a lot of machination and arguing, you may not win in the end.
  • None of his more idealistic colleagues had a chance against his machination.
  • Behold the counterrevolution, a machination of the state.
  • There will be as much machination as is required for this goal.
  • On the other hand, machination behind the scenes of a contracting process that is facially fair is repugnant and reprehensible.
British Dictionary definitions for machination

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 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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