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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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Examples from the Web for machination
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  • It was not the machination or revenge of a disappointed suitor.

  • It is pleasant to record that all this match-making and machination came to naught.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Never was frail and trembling mortal less prepared to encounter with machination, and to brave unheard of dangers.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • His elevation to the presidency was the act of his fellow-citizens—not the machination of himself.

  • Disunion is at the bottom of this long-concealed Texas machination.

  • The characters of all these personages were unblemished and respectable, until this machination was detected.

  • All MacTaggart's anger rose against madame for her machination.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • The villain's machination, the lover tied to the railroad track, the train dashing to within two inches of its victim.

    The Shadow Mary White Ovington
  • From the moment when Iago sets his machination to work, they are like people sliding down an ice-slope to an inevitable abyss.

    Play-Making William Archer
  • Lauzun was always occupied with some machination, even against those to whom he was indifferent; this kept his hand in.

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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