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machinations
used in Tom Jones

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Definition
typically plural:  a crafty and involved plot to achieve usually sinister ends; or the process of creating the plot
  • 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.
    Book 16 (36% in)
  • Surely this is to be unworthy of the care which Providence seems to have taken of us in the preservation of our religion against the powerful designs and constant machinations of Popery, a preservation so strange and unaccountable that I almost think we may appeal to it as to a miracle for the proof of its holiness.
    Book 8 (93% in)
  • While Jones was terrifying himself with the apprehension of a thousand dreadful machinations, and deep political designs, which he imagined to be at the bottom of the promotion of Honour, Fortune, who hitherto seems to have been an utter enemy to his match with Sophia, tried a new method to put a final end to it, by throwing a temptation in his way, which in his present desperate situation it seemed unlikely he should be able to resist.
    Book 15 (88% in)

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