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machinate | machination

machinate machination
plan or scheme
  • How to Memorize
    • machinate - plot
  • Analysis

    To ‘machinate’ means to plot something, but typically in a way that is considered sneaky or underhanded. It is generally done to cause harm or gain an advantage, so the word tends to be used in a negative, disapproving context. Most commonly used in relation to politics.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsconnivescheme, intrigue,
    Antonymsinnocent, clueless, bumbling,
  • Example(s)
    1. The politician said that the media machinate and manipulate things to suit their own agenda.

    2. I believe that the leaked memo was part of my co-worker’s machination to get me fired from my job.

    3. I don’t trust that organization. They seem to be involved in a lot of political machinations behind the scenes.