AskDefine | Define machination

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

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


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

Related terms


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



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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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