Machination

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The art of misdirection (Apollo Robbins, TED)

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Dictionary

machination : a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end — Webster

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Gaslighting, an elaborate and insidious technique of psychological manipulation, usually practiced by a single deceiver, or “gaslighter,” on a single victim over an extended period. Its effect is to gradually undermine the victim’s confidence in his own ability to distinguish truth from falsehood, right from wrong, or reality from appearance, thereby rendering him pathologically dependent on the gaslighter in his thinking or feelings. — Encyclopædia Britannica

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Machinations In The British High Command I THE GREAT WAR Week 180

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