Definition of machination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

machination

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌmæʃɪˈneɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæʃɪˈneɪʃn//
 
[usually plural](disapproving)
 
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a secret and complicated plan synonym plot, intrigue I don’t want to get involved in all his machinations. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, or Latin machinatio-, from machinat- ‘contrived’, from machinari ‘contrive’, from machina, from Doric Greek makhana (Greek mēkhanē, from mēkhos ‘contrivance’).
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