machination

[ mak-uh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌmæk əˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

an act or instance of machinating.
Usually machinations. crafty schemes; plots; intrigues.

Origin of machination

1375–1425; late Middle English machinacion < Latin māchinātiōn- (stem of māchinātiō). See machinate, -ion

Related forms

an·ti·mach·i·na·tion, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for machination

machination

/ (ˌmækɪˈneɪʃən, ˌmæʃ-) /

noun

an intrigue, plot, or scheme
the act of devising plots or schemes
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