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 This story tells of indentured servitude, mail-order brides and a scheming land grab. Mike Hughes, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what you need to watch on TV each day this week: May 24-30," 24 May 2020 Actor Larry Hagman, best known for playing the scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on TV’s ‘‘Dallas,’’ died in Dallas at the age of 81. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1903, Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in ‘‘Rigoletto.’’," 23 Nov. 2019 The first half is fairly simple, introducing the poor, unemployed and scheming Kim family (Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Why 'Parasite' was an Oscar no-brainer as the first foreign-language best picture," 10 Feb. 2020 Mark Price is especially notable as the archly humorous and scheming butler Wadsworth, who knows all the guests invited by the mysterious Mr. Boddy to his manor house have more than a few secrets to hide. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "‘Clue’ at Cleveland Play House: The game’s afoot with campy laughs and thrills (review)," 1 Feb. 2020 Her Ramona, a scheming strip club dancer, is the center of gravity of the film’s cautionary tale—a multifaceted character who’s both glamorous and petulant, and meant to elicit both admiration and wariness from the audience. Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2020 Oscar Nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 The scheming and cruel femme fatale, Milady de Winter, is judged guilty of the most heinous murders by an ad hoc tribunal consisting of the musketeers and her late husband’s brother. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "If you only know ‘The Three Musketeers,’ you owe yourself the pleasure of its sequel, ‘Twenty Years After’," 13 Nov. 2019 After the death of his royal father, a young lion returns to battle his scheming uncle for the jungle throne. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Jake Thomas Jake played Lizzie's scheming little brother Matt and has already signed on for the reboot. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here Are All the "Lizzie McGuire" Stars' Relationship Statuses IRL," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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29 May 2020

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“Scheming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scheming. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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