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machinations (noun) secret and clever plans, usually evil.

The machinations of politicians are their secret, complicated, and often evil plans. Wicked, clever, and secret plans are machinations. Very often the villains in movies and plays are shown as indulging in machinations, that is, wicked, secret, and clever plans to ruin the hero and the heroine. In real life also we do come across people who make secret and clever plans for their selfish purposes and for the ruin of others. Such evil, clever, and secret plans are machinations.

  • Jeremy is an exception among politicians. Unlike most other politicians, he does not indulge in machinations. He never thinks of gaining things by scheming or plotting against others.
  • Sam is such a crafty and cunning fellow that persons of average mental ability cannot understand his machinations. It is very difficult to understand the correct meaning of what he says and the purpose of what he does.
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