Russian Church Patriarch Kirill asked God to intervene to end the machinations of those who wanted to separate Russia and Ukraine.
He may be an exception, but his example proves that grace can confound the expectations and machinations of curial politics.
Watergate ultimately vindicated our system against the machinations of one sociopath.
They huddle in each other's offices, selectively sharing intelligence about their peers' machinations, real and imagined.
But Flagg, too, comes apart in his machinations, bent ever more fully on political domination.
No machinations were too hideous, nor too infamous, when suggested by the one to gratify the other.
What protection had the defenceless child that had been I against these machinations?
But what could she do to thwart the machinations of a man who laughed at her moods, who encouraged her with each fresh outburst?
The result of his machinations must be told in a fresh chapter.
I had always believed the character and machinations of Ormond to be worthy of caution and fear.
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.