machinator


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mach·i·nate

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

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

mach′i·na′tor n.
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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
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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.
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