- to cooperate secretly; conspire (often followed by with): They connived to take over the business.
- to avoid noticing something that one is expected to oppose or condemn; give aid to wrongdoing by forbearing to act or speak (usually followed by at): The policeman connived at traffic violations.
- to be indulgent toward something others oppose or criticize (usually followed by at): to connive at childlike exaggerations.
Origin of connive
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1. plan, plot, collude.
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Examples from the Web for conniver
Now, you have to show Bill or lose your reputation as a 'conniver.'The Woodcraft Girls at Camp
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
No man dared contradict or oppose him, lest he should be denounced as a conniver of the plot, and arrested as a traitor.Royalty Restored
J. Fitzgerald Molloy
He is a drinker of strong wines, a conniver at evil for bribes: for a good sum he would teach "a felon"
- to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
- (foll by at) law to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)
C17: from French conniver, from Latin connīvēre to blink, hence, leave uncensured; -nīvēre related to nictāre to wink
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Word Origin and History for conniver
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