• IPA: /ˌmækɪˈneɪʃən/, /ˌmæʃɪˈneɪʃən/


  1. A clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii], page 286 ↗, column 2:
      Machinations, hollowneſſe, treacherie, and all ruinous diſorders follow vs diſquietly to our Graues.
  2. The act of machinating or plotting.
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