verb (used without object), con·nived, con·niv·ing.
- conning tower,
Origin of connive
Examples from the Web for connive
Instead of discouraging wickedness to the utmost of their power, both are too apt to connive at it.Amelia|Henry Fielding
To connive at the perpetuation of slavery is to disobey the commands of Heaven.The Impending Crisis of the South|Hinton Rowan Helper
We might to connive at the faults of our friends, and all offences are not to be ranked in the catalogue of crimes.The Works of Horace|Horace
The original free traders were not disposed to connive at Derbyite operations any more than were the whigs.
But while you bear with his faults, you must not connive at them.Coelebs In Search of a Wife|Hannah More
Word Origin for connive
c.1600, from Latin connivere, also conivere "to wink," hence, "to wink at (a crime), be secretly privy," from com- "together" (see com-) + base akin to nictare "to wink," from PIE root *kneigwh- (see nictitate). Related: Connived; conniving.