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Definition typically plural:  a crafty and involved plot to achieve usually sinister ends; or the process of creating the plot
  • She is an innocent and ignorant of the danger from their machinations.
  • He was performing now what is called a Schreierei—a consummate exhibition of passionate shouting—warning the crowd to be watchful, to be vigilant, to seek out and destroy the evil machinations plotting to infect the motherland with its deplorable ways.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • machinations = actions to create a sinister plot
  • It's the machinations that wheel us there that aggravate, perplex, interest, and astound me.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • machinations = scheming or plotting
  • No, I only suspect he has warned the queen against some fresh machinations of the cardinal.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • However, I hope you will now amend, and gather so much experience from past errors, as not to defeat my wisest machinations by your blunders.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I am Don Quixote of La Mancha, against whom your evil machinations avail not nor have any power.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The machinations of archangels are beyond me.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • ] To save my poor, innocent, trusting boy from the machinations of any other girl there are no lengths to which I would not go.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Through the machinations of his father, who was owed a favor by someone who knew someone, he had been granted a visa from Spain.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • In the late summer yet another of Snowball's machinations was laid bare.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • What the world of America is coming to, and where the machinations and inventions of its people are to have an end, the Lord, he only knows.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Kells's gang were all in Alder Creek and the dark machinations of the bandit leader had been put into operation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • This terrible item—this devil's accident or machination that was constantly putting it before him!
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • That's when we'll appeal to his Far East expertise and the global consequences of Sheng's and the taipans' machinations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Even the name of the wind was hidden from him by the clever machinations of his captors.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • If we go to them, you will be entangled in their politics and machinations.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • She reminded Eragon of a kitten trying to bait an old tomcat into playing with her, only Glaedr remained impassive throughout her machinations.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Walter withstood a barrage of hostile questions and rose above Yutar's petty machinations to explain our policy in clear and simple terms.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • We have seen the best of our time: machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • All Sounis's machinations to undermine the rule of Eddis had ceased.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia

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