American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cooperate secretly in an illegal or wrongful action; collude: The dealers connived with customs officials to bring in narcotics.
- v. To scheme; plot.
- v. To feign ignorance of or fail to take measures against a wrong, thus implying tacit encouragement or consent: The guards were suspected of conniving at the prisoner's escape.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wink.
- Hence To wink, or refrain from looking, in a figurative sense, as at a culpable person or act; give aid or encouragement by silence or forbearance; conceal knowledge of a fault or wrong: followed by at (formerly sometimes with on).
- To be in secret complicity; have a furtive or clandestine understanding: followed by with: as, to connive with one in a wrongful act.
- To waive objection; act as if satisfied; acquiesce: used absolutely.
- To tamper: followed by with.
- To shut one's eyes to; wink at; tacitly permit.
- In biology, to be connivent.
- v. to cooperate with others secretly in order to commit a crime; to collude
- v. to plot or scheme
- v. to pretend to be ignorant of something in order to escape blame
- v. to be a wench
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink.
- v. To close the eyes upon a fault; to wink (at); to fail or forbear by intention to discover an act; to permit a proceeding, as if not aware of it; -- usually followed by
- v. R. & Obs. To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see.
- v. encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
- v. form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
- Circa 1600, from French conniver, from Latin connīveō ("wink"), or directly from Latin, from com- ("together") + base akin to nictō ("I wink"), from Proto-Indo-European *knei-gwh- (“to bend”). See also English nictate ("to wink"), from same Latin base. (Wiktionary)
- Latin cōnīvēre, connīvēre, to close the eyes. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Not sure what you mean by 'connive' as we have not been in government when these decisions were taken.”
“I should have realized Belinda is too simple to deceive and connive.”
“Negligent parents leave their children with uncouth friends, relatives or even strangers, who in turn connive with witches to kill the children for money.”
“If we connive, it makes no difference whether the torture has been outsourced or perpetrated close to home in Birmingham.”
“She will connive and she will lie and she will wheedle her way in as far as she can wheedle, further than you can imagine, until — — oh, I don't know — — she has the password to your SL account.”
“As David Gardner, veteran Middle East correspondent for that communist rag the Financial Times: "If we continue to connive in the survival of tyranny, we abet the onward march of the jihadis for whom Western policy is their most consistently reliable ally.”
“Two of his daughters connive and flatter him, while his youngest, Cordelia, refuses to put her affection to such a test.”
“How you obsess and grieve and connive for your tender hearts.”
“There is a memorable scene in the film in which a villager holding a tattered official copy of a 2004 speech on the environment by China’s President Hu Jintao points to a passage from the speech about the legal liability of officials who “connive to ruin and pollute the environment,” and says “President Hu Jintao’s own words!”
“But they do not and their shareholders connive in the excess.”
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