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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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
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.
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