When a James Bond villain comes up with a plan to destroy the world, he doesn’t use a simple plan. No, he uses a machination — a complex plot that relies on numerous elements coming together to work.

Not surprisingly, machination derives from the Medieval French machina, meaning "machine." And, like many a machine, a machination is subject to going wrong, often comically (see James Bond movies). Politicians love a good machination, and their machinations are frequently exposed in the press as scandals.

Definitions of machination

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

a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
Type of:
game, plot, secret plan
a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)

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