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 for machination
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Machination \Mach`i*na"tion\, n. [L. machinatio: cf. F.
     1. The act of machinating. --Shak.
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     2. That which is devised; a device; a hostile or treacherous
        scheme; an artful design or plot.
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              Devilish machinations come to naught. --Milton.
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              His ingenious machinations had failed. --Macaulay.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually
           sinister) ends [syn: intrigue, machination]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "machination":
     artifice, behind-the-scenes influence, cabal, chicane, chicanery,
     collusion, complicity, complot, confederacy, connivance, connivery,
     conspiracy, contrivance, contriving, counterplot, covin,
     deep-laid plot, design, designing, devices, dodgery, engineering,
     expedients, finagling, finesse, foul play, frame-up, gambit, game,
     influence, intrigue, intriguing, little game, maneuvering,
     maneuvers, manipulating, manipulation, move, pettifoggery,
     pettifogging, plot, plotting, ploy, political influence, practice,
     rigging, ruse, scheme, schemery, scheming, sharp practice,
     skulduggery, sleight, stratagem, supercherie, tactical maneuvers,
     tactics, trick, trickery, underhand dealing, underplot,
     web of intrigue, wile, wire-pulling

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MACHINATION. The act by which some plot or conspiracy is set on foot. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  MACHINATION, n.  The method employed by one's opponents in baffling
  one's open and honorable efforts to do the right thing.
      So plain the advantages of machination
      It constitutes a moral obligation,
      And honest wolves who think upon't with loathing
      Feel bound to don the sheep's deceptive clothing.
      So prospers still the diplomatic art,
      And Satan bows, with hand upon his heart.

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