Etymology
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machination (n.)

late 15c., machinacion, "a plotting, an intrigue," from Old French machinacion "plot, conspiracy, scheming, intrigue" and directly from Latin machinationem (nominative machinatio) "device, contrivance, machination," noun of action from past-participle stem of machinari "to contrive skillfully, to design; to scheme, to plot," from machina "machine, engine; device trick" (see machine (n.)). Related: Machinations.

updated on October 26, 2018

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Definitions of machination from WordNet

machination (n.)
a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends;
Synonyms: intrigue
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