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

Definition of scheming

: given to forming schemes especially : devious

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Synonyms & Antonyms for scheming


artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, cute, designing, devious, dodgy [chiefly British], foxy, guileful, shrewd, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wily


artless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, undesigning

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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

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Unsure how to discipline him, Reid sells Rawls and his mother to his scheming neighbor Antony Levallois. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicle: First Lady of the Confederacy," 25 May 2018 Vogue also opened its doors to a scheming assistant (played by Paulson), who is working with none other than the magazine’s own blissfully guileless Director of Special Events Eaddy Kiernan. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Met Goes Meta: How Hamish Bowles Created the Costume Institute Exhibition in Ocean’s 8," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, his scheming sister, Magda (Cecilia Suárez, who’s fantastic), wants to take over the family business and would just as soon see her brother stay missing. Ty Burr,, "‘Overboard’ still doesn’t make splash," 3 May 2018 Their only reference point seems to be the mutual antagonism between their respective father figures, a steely police superintendent (Anthony Wong) and a scheming triad boss (Eric Tsang). Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Crime / Film / Foreign / On Video / Television / The Internet Undercover cops infiltrate FilmStruck this week," 10 Apr. 2018 Stealing the show is Zhuang, irrepressible, quixotic, an endlessly scheming operator who finds his calling in activism — rallying opposition to a corrupt land grab in his village. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown,’ by Lauren Hilgers," 29 Mar. 2018 Despite a lack of evidence, authorities turned the suspected scheming seductress into the perfect scapegoat for their country’s wartime defeats and condemned her to death by firing squad. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Revisiting the Myth of Mata Hari, From Sultry Spy to Government Scapegoat," 1 Nov. 2017 Such is the beauty and power of Monteverdi’s music that the despicable principal characters, the arrogant ruler Nerone (as he’s called in the Italian libretto) and the scheming seducer Poppea, are oddly sympathetic figures. John Von Rhein,, "Gardiner's Monteverdi cycle concludes with triumphant 'Poppea'," 16 Oct. 2017 Reed pushed Cale out, and in turn was pushed out by a scheming manager. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Lou Reed': Anthony DeCurtis' biography depicts an artist defined by his defiance," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of scheming

1741, in the meaning defined above

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to form ideas or theories about something

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