Definition of machination in English:



usually machinations
  • A plot or scheme.

    • ‘I love it when third parties confirm my evil machinations have gone to plan.’
    • ‘Are you surprised at all these legal machinations still continuing?’
    • ‘The air in political circles here is heavy with talk of machinations and manoeuvrings, all executed with an eye to the future.’
    • ‘No sooner had the lights gone out than there were mumblings of sabotage, some kind of conspiracy, foul play, under-hand machinations.’
    • ‘There are many fabulous details that the public, steeped in the hyper-marketed machinations of the dream machine, now claim as their own.’
    • ‘Albarn is a lifelong supporter of the group but the continued political machinations within the movement is another source of frustration for him.’
    • ‘It neither dismisses nor lingers indulgently on the love story and the machinations of plot.’
    • ‘The long preview I saw had Fenn in an Arkham basement plotting evil machinations, or something.’
    • ‘I also had this thought that the actual structure and machinations of the story were really good, because I really didn't know what was going to happen.’
    • ‘But Hollinghurst doesn't rely on tabloid-inspired plot machinations to keep the book's engine ticking.’
    • ‘Indeed, Furedi explained, the problem went far beyond the electoral machinations of political party machines.’
    • ‘That organisation would have to operate independently from the plans or the political machinations of any foreign powers.’
    • ‘Acts 2 and 3 are a bit more contrived in their plot machinations but still hilarious.’
    • ‘The machinations of the plot, of course, might be hard to follow if they weren't so meaningless.’
    • ‘It's a testimony to them that the show has held up and held on as well as it has, even with all the recycled and silly plot machinations.’
    • ‘It is also important to remember that political manoeuvres and machinations can fail.’
    • ‘Both reader and character are united in unease at Kindersley's plot machinations.’
    • ‘Due to some unforeseen plot machination, your character is washed up on the beach of a tropical desert island.’
    • ‘Hoffman's tale of the oligarchs' rise through ehborate Ponzi schemes and backroom machinations is dizzying.’
    • ‘The plot evolves from her machinations; he's only along for the ride.’
    schemes, plotting, plots, intrigues, conspiracies, designs, plans, devices, ploys, ruses, tricks, wiles, stratagems, tactics, manoeuvres, manoeuvring, contrivances, expedients
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or Latin machinatio-, from machinat- ‘contrived’ (see machinate).