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Machination  n.  
The act of machinating.
That which is devised; a device; a hostile or treacherous scheme; an artful design or plot. "Devilish machinations come to naught." "His ingenious machinations had failed."

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"Machination" Quotes from Famous Books

... of the republic. All the signs of a kind of trial, to which I and other prisoners have been subjected this day, tell me that I am the victim of the treacherous calumny of a few aristocrats, patriots so called, of this house. The mere conjecture that this hellish machination will follow me to the tribunal of the revolution gives me no hope to see you again, my friend, no more to embrace you or our children. I speak not of my sorrow: my tender solicitude for you, the heartfelt affection which unites me to ...
— The Empress Josephine • Louise Muhlbach

... in Mademoiselle Marguerite's mind. What was the danger hanging over her? whence would it come? and in what form? What abominable machination might she not expect from the villain who had deliberately dishonored Pascal? How would he attack her? Would he strive to ruin her reputation, or did he intend to forcibly abduct her? Would he attempt to decoy her into a trap where she would be subjected to the insults of the ...
— Baron Trigault's Vengeance - Volume 2 (of 2) • Emile Gaboriau

... Letter: If you haue victory, let the Trumpet sound For him that brought it: wretched though I seeme, I can produce a Champion, that will proue What is auouched there. If you miscarry, Your businesse of the world hath so an end, And machination ...
— The First Folio [35 Plays] • William Shakespeare

Words linked to "Machination" :   secret plan, game, machinate, plot, priestcraft

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