machinate | machination

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

plan or scheme

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machinate - plot

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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.

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Synonyms scheme,intrigue
Antonyms innocent,clueless,bumbling

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  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.

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