scheming

adjective
schem·​ing | \ ˈskē-miŋ How to pronounce scheming (audio) \

Definition of scheming

: given to forming schemes especially : devious

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Examples of scheming in a Sentence

the novel is about an elderly man and his scheming son who is impatient to inherit the family fortune
Recent Examples on the Web The pilot for the Cruel Intentions series was filmed in 2016, with Sarah Michelle Gellar reprising her fan-favorite role as Kathryn Merteuil, the seductive and scheming stepsister of Phillippe's Sebastian. Keith Langston, EW.com, 19 July 2022 Shakespeare’s a most unflattering character in the show, a scheming combination fop and rock star. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2022 Through an exclusive matchmaking agency that caters to the ultra rich, a divorcee plots revenge against her ex-husband’s scheming mistress. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 July 2022 The shortage has sparked outrage, dismay and more than a little scheming on social media accounts. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2022 Spying swordtails, wily ravens and scheming mongooses are just three examples of the means by which animals make their power plays. Lee Alan Dugatkin, Scientific American, 15 Apr. 2022 In Zellweger’s hands, Pam at least has a scheming interiority, wheels that are spinning in ways that the show unveils at a glacial pace. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Mar. 2022 Fellowes recycles too many of his favorite archetypes, from the closeted gay couple to the scheming servant. Judy Berman, Time, 20 Jan. 2022 The story unfolds around him with the returning cast, more original characters from the films (Thomas Griffith as the scheming Terry Silver) and new additions to the teenage crew (like Dallas Dupree Young‘s Kenny). Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scheming

1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scheming was in 1741

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8 Aug 2022

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“Scheming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scheming. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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