- 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 conniving
He defeated what was left of the Tatars, mostly by conniving with leaders of what was left of the Tatars.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
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Why, then, are we led to believe that her conniving ways are so ineffectual and misdirected?The Abused Wives of Westeros: A Song of Feminism in ‘Game of Thrones’
April 30, 2014
Fondly nicknamed “the Worst Boy In Town,” Penrod is conniving but not clever, wicked but rarely cruel.American Dreams, 1914: Penrod by Booth Tarkington
February 27, 2014
A sexy, sexual, conniving, social-media mentioning, sexy baby spider!Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
Kelly Williams Brown
February 24, 2014
Predictably, Harding was cast as a conniving, violent woman.ESPN’s ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
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We shall never cast out the devil while conniving at his crimes.Broken Bread
He was accused of conniving at the attempt of the king and queen to escape.Lafayette
Martha Foote Crow
It never struck him that he was conniving at fraud; if it had, he would not have been deterred.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
She felt that she had been conniving in one of the spy-plots that all the Empire was talking about.The Cup of Fury
This seems strikingly true in our conniving at the faults of our children.Coelebs In Search of a Wife
- 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
Word Origin and History for conniving
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