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Meaning of MACHINATION

Pronunciation:  `maku'neyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
 

MACHINATION is a 11 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: intrigue
 
 See Also: plot, priestcraft, secret plan

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mach`i*na"tion\, n. [L. machinatio: cf. F.
machination.]
1. The act of machinating. --Shak.

2. That which is devised; a device; a hostile or treacherous
   scheme; an artful design or plot.

         Devilish machinations come to naught. --Milton.

         His ingenious machinations had failed. --Macaulay.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: artifice, behind-the-scenes influence, cabal, chicane, chicanery, collusion, complicity, complot, confederacy, connivance, connivery, conspiracy, contrivance, contriving, counterplot, covin, deep-laid plot, design, designing, devices, dodgery, engineering, expedients, finagling, finesse, foul play, frame-up, gambit, game, influence, intrigue, intriguing, little game, maneuvering, maneuvers, manipulating, manipulation, move, pettifoggery, pettifogging, plot, plotting, ploy, political influence, practice, rigging, ruse, scheme, schemery, scheming, sharp practice, skulduggery, sleight, stratagem, supercherie, tactical maneuvers, tactics, trick, trickery, underhand dealing, underplot, web of intrigue, wile, wire-pulling
 

 

 

 

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