This contriver of miracles, of a countenance at once sanctimonious, artful and sly, preceded other prelates carrying banners.
The fountain of these waters is as unknown as the contriver of them.
Let that author and contriver of human suffering be suppressed.
Loki was an evil deity, the contriver of all fraud and mischief.
Amphares, the chief of these, and the contriver of the plot, was one of the new ephori created after the deposition of Agesilaus.
Accordingly, the contriver of the eye has hung it with a hinge.
This scheme seemed at first to promise success, but in the end turned against its contriver.
He was never the cause of unnecessary bloodshed, nor the contriver of any act of cruel revenge.
Yes; and was manager and general stage-king and contriver; being expert at this, if at anything.
They were all conveyed before the Dey of Algiers, who promised them their lives if they would betray the contriver of the plot.
early 14c., from Old French controver (Modern French controuver) "to find out, contrive, imagine," from Late Latin contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + tropus "song, musical mode," from Greek tropos "figure of speech" (see trope).
Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Spelled contreve until unexplained 15c. sound change that also affected briar, friar, choir. Related: Contrived; contriving.