stratagem (part of speech: noun)
- 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", Stevenson, Robert Louis.
- In the well- meant telegram she saw only a new machination of the enemy- perhaps even of Elizabeth Fortinbras. - "Sweethearts at Home", S. R. Crockett.
- How could he guess, for instance, that the letter was an instrument, and he the victim, of a Popish machination? - "The Cardinal's Snuff-Box", Henry Harland.