an act or instance of machinating.
Usually, machinations. crafty schemes; plots; intrigues.

1375–1425; late Middle English machinacion < Latin māchinātiōn- (stem of māchinātiō). See machinate, -ion

antimachination, adjective

2. stratagem, device. Unabridged
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machination (ˌmækɪˈneɪʃən, ˌmæʃ-)
1.  an intrigue, plot, or scheme
2.  the act of devising plots or schemes

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "a plotting, intrigue," from L. machinationem (nom. machinatio) "device, contrivance, machination," from machinatus, pp. of machinari "contrive, plot," from machina (see machine). Related: Machinations.
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Example sentences
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.
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