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verb (used with or without object), mach·i·nat·ed, mach·i·nat·ing.
  1. to contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose: to machinate the overthrow of the government.
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Origin of machinate

1590–1600; < Latin māchinātus past participle of māchinārī to invent, contrive, devise artfully. See machine, -ate1
Related formsmach·i·na·tor, nounun·mach·i·nat·ed, adjectiveun·mach·i·nat·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for machinator

Historical Examples

  • You stand there silent, but you are the machinator of this plot.

    The Tyranny of the Dark

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for machinator


  1. (usually tr) to contrive, plan, or devise (schemes, plots, etc)
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Derived Formsmachinator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchina machine
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Word Origin and History for machinator


1610s, from Latin machinator, agent noun from past participle stem of machinari "design, contrive, plot" (see machine (n.)).

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"lay plots, intrigue," c.1600, a back-formation from machination, or else from Latin machinatus, past participle of machinari (see machination). Related: Machinated; machinating; machinator.

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