machination

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Definition: (noun) A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end. Synonyms: intrigue. Usage: During his early youth he had to contend against the machinations of a malignant uncle, who would have robbed him of his large possessions. Discuss

steadfast

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Definition: (adjective) Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable. Synonyms: unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering, firm, steady, stiff. Usage: He remained steadfast in his belief that he had done the right thing. Discuss