- an act or instance of machinating.
- Usually machinations. crafty schemes; plots; intrigues.
Origin of machination
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Examples from the Web for machination
The protest of the church was of no avail to defeat the machination of demagogues.A History of American Christianity
Leonard Woolsey Bacon
All MacTaggart's anger rose against madame for her machination.Doom Castle
Disunion is at the bottom of this long-concealed Texas machination.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
It is pleasant to record that all this match-making and machination came to naught.Child Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
It was not the machination or revenge of a disappointed suitor.
- an intrigue, plot, or scheme
- the act of devising plots or schemes
Word Origin and History for machination
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.