Usage examples for designing

  1. In those subtle, occult ways known only to a jealous and designing nature, the Baroness found it possible to make Preston's life a torture, without revealing her weapons of warfare to her husband; indeed, without allowing him to even smell the powder, while she still kept up a constant small fire upon the helpless enemy. – An Ambitious Man by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  2. The features were perfect in a cold, unalluring way, and the faint curl of the lips and the designing look in the eyes made her think of a Velasquez portrait. –  by
  3. As in our own admirable form of government, there were three estates, comprising the people, the senate, and the executive; but the want of a permanent and universally recognised head of the state, kept the country continually exposed to agitation on the part of designing demagogues. – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  4. With a timid bachelor's extreme fear of designing women, Mr. Gubb dreaded another meeting with Miss Scroggs. – Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective by Ellis Parker Butler
  5. " He might change his views," said poor Miss Dora to herself, " but he could not change his wife;" and it was poor comfort to call Rosa a designing little wretch, and to reflect that Frank at first could not have meant anything. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  6. One executive instantly recognized as being clever, designing and essentially dishonest was replaced by another of a reliable, efficient type. – Analyzing Character by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  7. It may be a good and valid inference from the marks of design in nature, that a designing cause must exist; for this inference, although suggested by analogy, is founded on induction, which requires a perfect resemblance only in those respects on which the inference depends. – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  8. The Princess Beatrice, has she not done something in the way of designing – Modern Painting by George Moore
  9. And equally, too, there were cold- blooded, designing mercenary wives. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  10. Meanwhile my praises were sung in many tunes, and in different metres, by designing parents. – Stories from Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore
  11. That my wife was equally happy in her parentage was obvious for at times she treated Mary Isabel as if she were a doll, spending many hours of many days designing dainty gowns and hoods for her delight. – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
  12. He expressed his pity for the duke that designing intriguers should have thus taken advantage of his facility of character to cause him to enact a part so entirely unworthy a Frenchman, a gentleman, and a prince of the blood. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  13. Oh, you designing dog! – The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray
  14. There is a pleasure indescribable felt by lovers of plants when designing any feature of their grounds. – Garden Ornaments by Mary H. Northend
  15. Nevertheless he thinks himself ill- used if his son, on entering life, falls a victim to designing persons whose knowledge of how money is made and lost is greater than his own. – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  16. An artist may be labouring truly in his vocation while designing a common teapot or water- jug. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  17. The evil deeds of men such as he are represented in England, by designing or foolish persons, as being characteristic of the whole class of frontier farmers, hence we are regarded as a savage set, while, in my humble opinion, we are no worse than the people of other colonies placed in similar circumstances- perhaps better than some of them. – The Settler and the Savage by R.M. Ballantyne
  18. He was to teach, three times a week, a class in art designing at Cooper Union Institute. – Polly in New York by Lillian Elizabeth Roy