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 (măk′ə-nāt′, măsh′-)
v. mach·i·nat·ed, mach·i·nat·ing, mach·i·nates
To devise (a scheme or plot).
To scheme or plot.

[Latin māchinārī, māchināt-, to design, contrive, from māchina, device; see machine.]

mach′i·na′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.machinator - a member of a conspiracymachinator - a member of a conspiracy    
confederacy, conspiracy - a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
References in classic literature ?
Since then, he hath become an active and earnest agitator, a murmurer, and a machinator, and a leader amongst those who impugn our authority; not considering that the rule is given to the Master even by the symbol of the staff and the rod the staff to support the infirmities of the weak the rod to correct the faults of delinquents.
IV,6,1 (SC 377, 62): "Deus igitur machinator constitutorque rerum .
The mayor's young son is murdered, and even he, a persistent optimist and crafty political machinator, must confront the cynical disillusion that is the spirit of the times.