Machinate


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Machinate is a verb that means to plot or scheme.

Our word of the day is from the Latin Machina (MOCK ee nah) where it roughly translates to ‘machine’ — but its meaning is different than the way ‘machine’ is used in the contemporary sense. Instead it refers to ‘a contrivance’ or ‘something created.’ To machinate is to contrive or create a scheme. The word is often used in a pejorative sense. For example:

Keep an eye on Chuck and Joel during the meeting. I have a feeling that the two of them will machinate against the company.