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Word: machinations

Definition: evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate


Sentences Containing 'machinations'

Abbey’s impression is that we are trapped by the machinations of mainstream culture.
Anne Marie Duff and Sienna Guillory are given ageing makup in this episode, accentuating their age in comparison to the previous episodes, marking them as enduring 'relics' of the past. The episode revolves mainly around Elizabeth's relationship with Robert Devereux as her court favourite, and the machinations for his advancement by his mother Lettice Knollys, the Queen's former handmaiden.
As Sagalyn (2006, p29-52) points out, there were many political machinations behind the scenes.
Following the failure of Darien, and with the country's economy damaged, serious machinations began proposing the political union between the two realms of Scotland and England.
He quickly became passionately interested, and involved, in the attendant political machinations.
He was instrumental in the machinations behind Anne's downfall, earning him the sobriquet: 'The Vicar of Hell'.
He was later removed and forced to commit suicide due to the machinations of Emperor Xuanzong's favorite concubine Consort Wu and her ally, the chancellor Li Linfu.
I am Don Quixote of La Mancha, against whom your evil machinations avail not nor have any power."
In the end of series montage, it is shown that Carcetti's political machinations have succeeded and he has been elected governor of Maryland.
In this adventure two mighty enchanters must have encountered one another, and one frustrates what the other attempts; one provided the bark for me, and the other upset me; God help us, this world is all machinations and schemes at cross purposes one with the other.
Reaching adulthood, Llyra journeyed to her father's land of Lemuria, and through elaborate machinations and the use of her other mutant power to telepathically control marine animals, she usurped the throne from its benevolent ruler, King Karthon, becoming ruler of Lemuria.
Royce's lead begins to fray, however, as his own political machinations turn against him and Carcetti starts to highlight the city's crime problem.
Stylus Magazine's Todd Burns called the duet "ill-advised" and wrote "Carey does all in her power to save from Jermaine Dupri’s machinations.
The drift of the poem is somewhat uncertain, as the lady whose machinations were to be exposed is only hinted at darkly.
The Galaxy Power Rangers protected the space colony, Terra Venture, from the machinations of alien villains Scorpius, Trakeena and Deviot.
The machinations of the members of the Board who engineered this change is described in detail in Ann Karus Meeropol's 2014 work A MALE PRESIDENT FOR MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE, THE FAILED FIGHT TO MAINTAIN FEMALE LEADERSHIP, 1934-1937.
These machinations, in cohorts with her old acquaintance Jan Munniks, brought her to the attention of the Hague "Comité van Waakzaamheid" (the Dutch equivalent of the French "Comité de surveillance révolutionnaire").
This reptilian behemoth was locked in hibernation within an Indonesian temple until he was finally liberated by the machinations of Blackthorne Shore.
Through a combination of careful planning and skill, he could also manipulate the minds of telepaths; though he had to take extreme care, as a telepath was much more prone to realizing/breaking his machinations than a non-psi.
Whatever the machinations that followed, Angus was not included on the final list of hostages, but was one of the party of Scots nobles who met their King at Durham, in 1424.

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