Definition of machination in English:



usually machinations
  • A plot or scheme.

    • ‘The plot evolves from her machinations; he's only along for the ride.’
    • ‘That organisation would have to operate independently from the plans or the political machinations of any foreign powers.’
    • ‘Both reader and character are united in unease at Kindersley's plot machinations.’
    • ‘It is also important to remember that political manoeuvres and machinations can fail.’
    • ‘No sooner had the lights gone out than there were mumblings of sabotage, some kind of conspiracy, foul play, under-hand machinations.’
    • ‘Indeed, Furedi explained, the problem went far beyond the electoral machinations of political party machines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It neither dismisses nor lingers indulgently on the love story and the machinations of plot.’
    • ‘But Hollinghurst doesn't rely on tabloid-inspired plot machinations to keep the book's engine ticking.’
    • ‘The machinations of the plot, of course, might be hard to follow if they weren't so meaningless.’
    • ‘Hoffman's tale of the oligarchs' rise through ehborate Ponzi schemes and backroom machinations is dizzying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are many fabulous details that the public, steeped in the hyper-marketed machinations of the dream machine, now claim as their own.’
    • ‘The long preview I saw had Fenn in an Arkham basement plotting evil machinations, or something.’
    • ‘Due to some unforeseen plot machination, your character is washed up on the beach of a tropical desert island.’
    • ‘Albarn is a lifelong supporter of the group but the continued political machinations within the movement is another source of frustration for him.’
    • ‘Acts 2 and 3 are a bit more contrived in their plot machinations but still hilarious.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).