- A clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes.
c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii], page 286, column 2:
- Machinations, hollowneſſe, treacherie, and all ruinous diſorders follow vs diſquietly to our Graues.
- The act of machinating or plotting.
clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes
act of machinating
- machination in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- machination in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
machination f (plural machinations)