- The definition of machination is a carefully crafted scheme or plot, usually to achieve some sinister goal.
A plot to steal something is an example of a machination.
machination definition by Webster's New World
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- Rare the act of machinating
- an artful or secret plot or scheme, esp. one with evil intent: usually used in pl.
Origin: Middle English machinacion ; from Classical Latin machinatio
machination definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of plotting.
- A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.