Antonyms for scheme

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The laughter and talk were as little subdued as the scheme of the rooms.

They catalogued Dick's virtues, and then Viviette unfolded her scheme.

On the level, now, do you think you could get away with that young Gilder scheme you've been planning?

He went to Garson yesterday with a scheme to rob your house.

It after wards appears that the scheme of Rumi-naui was one of treachery.

When they do meet, they together elaborate the scheme of a new work.

The scheme was very simple, though I do not think it was at all difficult of execution.

I have laid a scheme to do so; if indeed she be hitherto innocent and heart-free.

Cooke, on the other hand, declared that his sole object was to make a fortune from the scheme.

My scheme was—and is—to be a rival de luxe of Cook on the Nile.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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