AskDefine | Define machination

Dictionary Definition

machination n : a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends [syn: intrigue]

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English

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ˌmækɪˈneɪʃən/|/ˌmæʃɪˈneɪʃən/
  • italbrac US /ˌmækəˈneɪʃən/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪʃǝn

Noun

  1. A clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes.
  2. The act of machinating or plotting.

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Translations

a clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes
the act of machinating

French

Noun

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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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