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 Dictionary entry overview: What does machination mean? 

  The noun MACHINATION has 1 sense:

1. a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends

  Familiarity information: MACHINATION used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


intrigue; machination

Hypernyms ("machination" is a kind of...):

game; plot; secret plan (a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "machination"):

priestcraft (a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs)

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