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[mak-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌmæk əˈneɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of machinating.
Usually, machinations. crafty schemes; plots; intrigues.
Origin of machination
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English machinacion < Latin māchinātiōn- (stem of māchinātiō). See machinate, -ion
Related forms
antimachination, adjective
2. stratagem, device. Unabridged
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  • Through the machinations of the ring, the firm has been relieved of thousands of dollars worth of goods and money.
  • The extent of his machinations seemed more personal than professional.
  • On the brighter side, these machinations have stirred opposition.
  • The disappearances have been attributed to the machinations of enormous sea monsters, giant squid, or extra-terrestrials.
  • Much of the program involved the daily machinations of pirate life.
  • Once again, when all is said and done however, viruses are utterly indifferent to the machinations of humans.
  • It's the location of the new offices that raises questions about political machinations.
  • She particularly welcomes correspondence on the machinations of hiring committees.
  • machinations aside, jurisprudence about clerical rights is evolving fast and unpredictably.
  • For those of us that use one for certain tasks and the other for different functions, leave us to our machinations.
British Dictionary definitions for machinations


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



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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