machinations

[ mak-uh-ney-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF machinations
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What protection had the defenceless child that had been I against these machinations?

And, secondly, who is to be the victim of your machinations.

He shall know of these machinations which bring honest men to this place.

The result of his machinations must be told in a fresh chapter.

"Against the machinations of a gentleman to whom you have been——" he hesitated for a word.

There were, however, effectual means for protecting children from their machinations.

So covertly did they plot, that no one ever dreamt of their machinations.

To that faith they have held fast, in spite of all the efforts and machinations of the Romanists.

Come, I will confess the machinations of my wicked old heart.

But Ludlow escaped unhurt from all the machinations of his enemies.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "a plotting, intrigue," from Old French machinacion "plot, conspiracy, scheming, intrigue," from Latin machinationem (nominative machinatio) "device, contrivance, machination," noun of action from past participle stem of machinari "contrive skillfully, to design; to scheme, to plot," from machina (see machine). Related: Machinations.

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