I noun artful dodge, artifice, cabal, collusion, conspiracy, contrivance, covin, crafty design, crafty device, crafty plan, design, dodge, dolus, foul play, intrigue, jugglery, machina, maneuver, manipulation, plot, ploy, ruse, scheme, stratagem, strategy, subterfuge, tactic, treachery, trick, underplot, wile, wily device II index artifice, cabal, connivance, contrivance, deception, device (contrivance), expedient, frame up, hoax, maneuver (trick), premeditation, ruse, scheme, stratagem, strategy, subterfuge

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Scheming or plotting, usually to carry out some evil purpose.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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