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1. The act of scheming or plotting.
2. A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.
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1. an intrigue, plot, or scheme
2. the act of devising plots or schemes
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mach•i•na•tion(ˌmæk əˈneɪ ʃən, ˈmæʃ ə-)
Usu., machinations. a crafty scheme or maneuver; an intrigue.
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|Noun||1.||machination - a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends|
plot, secret plan, game - a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start"
priestcraft - a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
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noun (usually plural) plot, scheme, trick, device, design, intrigue, conspiracy, manoeuvre, dodge, ploy, ruse, artifice, cabal, stratagem the political machinations that brought him to power
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