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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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  • What protection had the defenceless child that had been I against these machinations?

  • And, secondly, who is to be the victim of your machinations.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • He shall know of these machinations which bring honest men to this place.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The result of his machinations must be told in a fresh chapter.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • "Against the machinations of a gentleman to whom you have been——" he hesitated for a word.

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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