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machination

mach·i·na·tion

machination

 
 
pronunciation:
mae kih neI shn [or] mae shih neI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: scheming or plotting, esp. for a devious purpose.
synonyms:
contriving, intrigue, plotting, scheming
definition 2: (usu. pl.) elaborate or devious schemes.
The brilliant detective always uncovers the machinations of his evil archenemy.
synonyms:
designs, intrigues, plots, schemes, stratagems, tactics
similar words:
conspiracies, devices, maneuvers, ploys, ruses, wiles