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 formsan·ti·mach·i·na·tion, adjective

Synonyms for machination Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of machinations

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

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

  • He shall know of these machinations which bring honest men to this place.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for machinations



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.

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