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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [mak-uh-ney-shuh n]
    • /ˌmæk əˈneɪ ʃən/
    • /mækɪˈneɪʃn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mak-uh-ney-shuh n]
    • /ˌmæk əˈneɪ ʃən/

Definitions of machination word

  • noun machination an act or instance of machinating. 1
  • noun machination Usually, machinations. crafty schemes; plots; intrigues. 1
  • noun machination A clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes. 1
  • noun machination plotting, scheming 1
  • noun machination an intrigue, plot, or scheme 0
  • noun machination the act of devising plots or schemes 0

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Origin of machination

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English machinacion < Latin māchinātiōn- (stem of māchinātiō). See machinate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Machination


machination popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for machination

noun machination

  • stratagem — a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
  • conspiracy — Conspiracy is the secret planning by a group of people to do something illegal.
  • ploy — a maneuver or stratagem, as in conversation, to gain the advantage.
  • intrigue — to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate: The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
  • ruse — a city in N Bulgaria, on the Danube.

Antonyms for machination

noun machination

  • ignorance — the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
  • frankness — plainness of speech; candor; openness.
  • honesty — the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.

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