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(law) a conspiracy between two or more persons to act to the detriment or injury of another
Word Origin
C14: from Old French; see coven, convene
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  • Actions popular were not allowed to be eluded by fraud or covin.

  • So no more information was given of the spirits of the covin.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • You know as well as I do that the brakeman takes on five boxes of lunch at covin.

    American Adventures Julian Street
  • John Young was the officer of her covin, and the number composing it was thirteen.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • Shall I, an innocent proprietor, be mulcted of my right by thy fraud and covin?

  • There is thirteen persons in each covin; and each of us has one Sprite to wait upon us, when we please to call upon him.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician William Henry Davenport Adams
  • I was standin' in the street with the crowd outside covin' Garden, watchin' the swells go inter the operer.

    A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The devil gave them to his covin and they shot men and women dead, right and left.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton

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