Definition of machination in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmaʃɪˈneɪʃn/


(usually machinations)
A plot or scheme.
Example sentences
  • But Hollinghurst doesn't rely on tabloid-inspired plot machinations to keep the book's engine ticking.
  • The long preview I saw had Fenn in an Arkham basement plotting evil machinations, or something.
  • Both reader and character are united in unease at Kindersley's plot machinations.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or Latin machinatio-, from machinat- 'contrived' (see machinate).

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