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1 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end
  • an e-mail scheme to trick unwary Internet users into disclosing passwords and financial information

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2 a secret plan for accomplishing evil or unlawful ends
  • a scheme to kidnap the president's daughter

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Synonyms of scheme (Entry 2 of 2)

to engage in a secret plan to accomplish evil or unlawful ends
  • the town inspector had schemed to overlook the contractor's code violations in exchange for a substantial bribe

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plan, design, plot, scheme, project mean a method devised for making or doing something or achieving an end. plan always implies mental formulation and sometimes graphic representation. plans for a house design often suggests a particular pattern and some degree of achieved order or harmony. a design for a new dress plot implies a laying out in clearly distinguished sections with attention to their relations and proportions. the plot of the play scheme stresses calculation of the end in view and may apply to a plan motivated by craftiness and self-interest. a scheme to defraud the government project often stresses imaginative scope and vision. a project to develop the waterfront

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The first known use of scheme was circa 1595

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“Scheme.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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