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scheming

[skee-ming] /ˈski mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
given to making plans, especially sly and underhand ones; crafty.
Origin of scheming
1830-1840
1830-40; scheme + -ing2
Related forms
schemingly, adverb
unscheming, adjective
Synonyms
artful, calculating, cunning.

scheme

[skeem] /skim/
noun
1.
a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project.
2.
an underhand plot; intrigue.
3.
a visionary or impractical project.
4.
a body or system of related doctrines, theories, etc.:
a scheme of philosophy.
5.
any system of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of its arrangement.
6.
a plan, program, or policy officially adopted and followed, as by a government or business:
The company's pension scheme is very successful.
7.
an analytical or tabular statement.
8.
a diagram, map, or the like.
9.
an astrological diagram of the heavens.
verb (used with object), schemed, scheming.
10.
to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.
verb (used without object), schemed, scheming.
11.
to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.
Origin
1545-55; < Medieval Latin schēma (stem schēmat-) < Greek schêma form, figure
Related forms
schemeless, adjective
schemer, noun
outscheme, verb (used with object), outschemed, outscheming.
subscheme, noun
underscheme, noun
unschemed, adjective
Synonyms
1, 6. See plan. 2. stratagem, cabal, conspiracy. 5. pattern, schema. 10. See plot1 .
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  • There lay the scheming, busy head, but what availed all its calculations and its cunning now!

    The Cock and Anchor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • He's been scheming, ever since I told him you were coming, to get out of driving in to meet you.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • The widow Francis (she was but Mrs. Francis Esmond) was a scheming, artful, heartless hussy.

  • Why, you've got all Nature on your side, plotting and scheming for you.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • Unlike him in every respect was the partner of his joys: a more bustling, plotting, scheming existence it was hard to conceive.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for scheming

scheming

/ˈskiːmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
given to making plots; cunning
noun
2.
intrigues
Derived Forms
schemingly, adverb

scheme

/skiːm/
noun
1.
a systematic plan for a course of action
2.
a systematic arrangement of correlated parts; system
3.
a secret plot
4.
a visionary or unrealizable project
5.
a chart, diagram, or outline
6.
an astrological diagram giving the aspects of celestial bodies at a particular time
7.
(mainly Brit) a plan formally adopted by a commercial enterprise or governmental body, as for pensions, etc
8.
(mainly Scot) an area of housing that is laid out esp by a local authority; estate
verb
9.
(transitive) to devise a system for
10.
to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
Derived Forms
schemer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma form
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Word Origin and History for scheming

scheme

n.

1550s, "figure of speech," from Medieval Latin schema "shape, figure, form, appearance; figure of speech; posture in dancing," from Greek skhema (genitive skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Sanskrit sahate "he masters, overcomes," sahah "power, victory;" Avestan hazah "power, victory;" Greek ekhein "to have, hold;" Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu, Old Norse sigr, Old English sige "victory").

The sense "program of action" first is attested 1640s. Unfavorable overtones (selfish, devious) began to creep in early 18c. Meaning "complex unity of coordinated component elements" is from 1736. Color scheme is attested from 1884.

v.

"devise a scheme," 1767 (earlier "reduce to a scheme," 1716), from scheme (n.). Related: Schemed; scheming.

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