- to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot.
- to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
- to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
- to form designs; plan.
- to plot.
Origin of contrive
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Examples from the Web for contriver
It is the contriver, the schemer, who is caught by the Law, and never the philosopher.The Day's Work, Volume 1
The fountain of these waters is as unknown as the contriver of them.Early Travels in Palestine
Arculf et al.
Let that author and contriver of human suffering be suppressed.The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
But I knew not that thou wert the contriver of the ambuscade.Boscobel: or, the royal oak
William Harrison Ainsworth
Loki was an evil deity, the contriver of all fraud and mischief.The Student's Mythology
Catherine Ann White
- (tr) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineerhe contrived to make them meet
- (tr) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaboratelyhe contrived a new mast for the boat
- to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)
Word Origin and History for contriver
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.