from The Century Dictionary.

  • Planning; contriving.
  • Given to forming schemes; artful; intriguing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Given to forming schemes; artful; intriguing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of scheme.
  • adjective pejorative Tending to scheme.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective used of persons
  • adjective concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest


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  • And, the obvious political scheming is equally indefensible to the point that unless I hear something that modifies, retracts or in some way qualifies what I think he is saying, I will no longer be able to speak on his behalf.

    Obama’s Chat With Bill Clinton - The Caucus Blog - 2008

  • It's a plot fit for an evil genius, and Hallström's rapid-fire depiction of Irving's initial scheming is light and nimble.

    GreenCine Daily: The Hoax. 2007

  • No. Plotting and scheming is not required, for complicitous in the under-development of Atlantic Canada, complicitous in the persistence of regional disparity are the very same national political institutions which have been set up to protect us.

    Canada. A View From the Regions 1989

  • "But they say, no one can equal a woman in scheming and planning, if she takes to it," said Eleanor.

    The Old Helmet 1864

  • Wall Street financial scheming is the easiest and lowest taxed money available, and I don’t think it’s a mystery why CEOs would be disinclined to work any harder for it.

    Matthew Yglesias » Financial Reform’s Missing Advocates 2010

  • She's beautiful, which for some novelists is a recommendation in itself, and depending on which sources you believe, she may have been involved in a lot of scheming, which is good plot fodder.

    Nefertiti, by Michelle Moran. Book review Carla 2007

  • A gigantic instance of his scheming was the coup-de-main by which he succeeded in entrapping 11,000 Paduan soldiers, only 200 of whom escaped the miseries of his prisons.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) The Age of the Despots John Addington Symonds 1866

  • Napier may be best known as the scheming intelligence officer facing Sylvester Stallone in the 1985 "Rambo" sequel.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion 2011

  • Napier may be best known as the scheming intelligence officer facing Sylvester Stallone in the 1985 "Rambo" sequel. rss feed 2011

  • They have been described as scheming secret agents living in the shadows of the suburbs, but they looked no more sinister than bored parents in Federal District Court in Manhattan on

    NYT > Home Page 2010


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