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 formsan·ti·mach·i·na·tion, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for machinations

machination

/ (ˌmækɪˈneɪʃən, ˌmæʃ-) /

noun

an intrigue, plot, or scheme
the act of devising plots or schemes
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Word Origin and History for machinations

machination


n.

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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