Usage examples for machination

  1. The plain English of his meaning is this; while matters are only in dispute, and in machination he is contented they should be moderate; but when once the faction can bring about a civil war, then they are traitors, if they declare not openly for them. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  2. It was as though the corner of a curtain had been raised, giving him a glimpse of all the vile greed, the base machination hovering about this fortune that Jane was to inherit. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  3. The Cumberland Road was, for its day, a gigantic government undertaking involving problems of finance, civil engineering, eminent domain, state rights, local favoritism, and political machination – The Paths of Inland Commerce A Chronicle of Trail, Road, and Waterway, Volume 21 in The Chronicles of America Series by Archer B. Hulbert
  4. With the credulity that often attended his art, he attributed many of his disappointments to the machination of the malignant spirits that beset the paths of the alchymist and torment him in his solitary labours. – Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists by Washington Irving
  5. They had got at the heart of each other's identity, before either really understood the cruel machination that had cancelled the life of either for the other. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  6. It was necessary to conjure up an excuse; and in the truly diabolical machination resorted to for that purpose, Bonaparte brought into play that crafty disposition for which he was so remarkable. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  7. " 2. The aforesaid confederates and subjects, people and inhabitants of either, shall, when occasion shall be presented, advance the common profit, and shall, if they know of any imminent danger or conspiration or machination of the enemies, admonish one another, and shall hinder them as much as lies in their power. – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke
  8. Crowley, listening, wished privately that he could call back that report to Mern; Mern had repeatedly warned him to keep to his place as a strong- arm operative, bluntly bearing down on the fact that Crowley's brains were not suited for the finer points of machination – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  9. As yet they could not say that it was he who had actually forged that famous 'absolute proof' of Dreyfus's guilt, which they knew to have been forged by some one, but that time would prove him guilty of some abominable machination was to them a foregone conclusion. – With Zola in England by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
  10. It revealed what machination was doing. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  11. How could I expect them to comprehend my danger, when they knew so little of the machination of my foes? – Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal by Sarah J Richardson
  12. I am thinking, she said, that if I too were the victim of some machination I should trust you whatever happened, trust you through and against all. – The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Le Blanc
  13. I will return to Paris to- morrow; I will defeat his machination expose his falsehood! – Alice, or The Mysteries, Book X by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  14. From what I see already of the machination in which you have been involved, your case is desperate upon that side; and for the narrow eye of the authorities you are infallibly the guilty person. – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  15. Besides, if I had entertained the slightest doubt of any machination I should have endeavored to requite your kindness by warning you. – Fruitfulness Fecondite by Emile Zola
  16. The pope becoming acquainted with this secret machination set about to counteract it. – Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues by John Alberger
  17. Certain of his speeches upon the different land- bounty and pension bills, passed nominally in the interests of veterans, but really through demagogy and the machination of speculators, could be read with profit by not a few Congressmen at the present time. – Thomas Hart Benton by Theodore Roosevelt
  18. And yet he never for a moment regarded himself as a schemer endeavouring to compass vulgar ends by machination – The Emancipated by George Gissing