Is there any connection between the term machination and the writer Niccolò Machiavelli or is it just a coincidence that they are so similar?
It seems logical because aside from having similar spellings, the terms Machiavellian and machination both mean cleverly sneaky and shrewdly planning. However, my research has been inconclusive and I cannot find a reference that machination derives from the writer (or any first-usage dates for that matter). Here are the points for and against it:
For an etymology:
- Identical meanings
- Similar spellings
- First known usage of machination is 15th century which coincides nicely with Machiavelli’s lifetime (1469-1527) and spread of work
- The term Machiavellian became popular in the 16th century, so it was not long after his death that people were know to start coining words in reference to him and his style
For just a coincidence:
- Cannot find any references to Machiavelli being the etymology
- Some sources refer to a Latin root: machinatio
So is there any connection, are they cognates, or is it just a big amusing coincidence?