connive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v connive form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
    • v connive encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Connive 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 at. "To connive at what it does not approve.""In many of these, the directors were heartily concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging, and sometimes commanding; in all they were conniving .""The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule."
    • Connive To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink. "The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye."
    • v. t Connive To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see. "Divorces were not connived only, but with eye open allowed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • connive To wink.
    • connive 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).
    • connive To be in secret complicity; have a furtive or clandestine understanding: followed by with: as, to connive with one in a wrongful act.
    • connive To waive objection; act as if satisfied; acquiesce: used absolutely.
    • connive To tamper: followed by with.
    • connive To shut one's eyes to; wink at; tacitly permit.
    • connive In biology, to be connivent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Connive kon-īv′ to wink at a fault: to take no notice: to have a private understanding
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. connivere, to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con-, + (perh.) a word akin to nicere, to beckon, nictare, to wink
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. connivēre, to wink.

Usage

In literature:

A small bribe would tempt the average blockade-running sailor to connive at this means of escape.
"The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner" by John Wilkinson
Detectives were watching her, and they, with the connivance of my father, took them from her.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Why not unravel this web of connivance with dispatch?
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
It was through the connivance of England that Italy weakly found herself forced to enter the war against her former allies.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
The South could never quite forget that it had been charged with conniving at crime in maintaining slavery.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
Some alleged positive connivance by Spanish officials.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The lives that have fallen with my connivance stand between me and confession.
"The Bronze Hand" by Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)
In contrast to his predecessor he connived at some irregularities of discipline in the Puritanical clergy.
"The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.]." by Hartley Withers
The man who has connived at Richard Darke's escape, and made money by the connivance, is now more than repentant for his dereliction of duty.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
He repudiates and denounces his son, and connives at the escape of the Hungarian.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
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In poetry:

With those Elect he shall survive
Who seem not to compete or strive,
Yet with the foremost still arrive,
Prevailing still:
Spirits with whom the stars connive
To work their will.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
Isabel was, I think, my next,--
That is, if I remember right)--
And I was really very vexed
To find her hair come off at night;
To falsehood I could not connive,
And so I had her boiled alive.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
In youth you may encounter friends
(Pray this prediction be not wrong),
But wait until old age descends
And thumbs have smeared your gentlest song;
Then will the moths connive to eat you
And rural libraries secrete you.
"To His Book" by Roswell Martin Field
In the beginning the irresponsible Verb
Connived with chaos whence I've seen it start
Riddles in the head for the nervous heart
To count its beat on: all beginnings run
Like water the easiest way or like birds
Fly on their cool imponderable flood.
"Fragment Of A Meditation" by Allen Tate

In news:

Political connivance at the courthouse.
Scheming, conniving have no place in London Olympics.
LONDON – Scheming, conniving and mailing it in might be allowed in some of our professional sports, but they thankfully are still unacceptable in the Olympic Games.
Conniving or caring parents.
Try solving this word challenge without any bamboozling, cheating, flimflam, conniving trickery, antics, or crookedness.
Actor Larry Hagman, 81, whom fans for decades confused with JR Ewing, the conniving character he so - 5:48 pm.
Only months after miscasting himself as "Richard III," here he is in "Othello," as Iago , the conniving villain who will do anything to get even with a boss who gave somebody else the promotion.
In Darkness ,' directed and co-written by Agnieszka Holland (director of 1991's acclaimed 'Europa Europa'), is the powerful story of how a greedy conniver becomes a savior.
Scheming , conniving have no place in London Olympics.
LONDON – Scheming , conniving and mailing it in might be allowed in some of our professional sports, but they thankfully are still unacceptable in the Olympic Games.
Facebook chief exec and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was painted as a callous and conniving computer geek in this weekend's No.
Television actor Larry Hagman, best known for his portrayal of the conniving oilman J.R. Ewing on the show ' Dallas ,' died on Friday at the age of 81.
In "Farmerkin" Pullman saves an innocent shepherd the Grimms had killed off and punishes a conniving priest because it seems "more just all around.".
Television actor Larry Hagman, best known for his portrayal of the conniving oilman J.R. Ewing on the show 'Dallas,' died on Friday at the age of 81.
Smith (center) plays a conniving American president in Windfall Theatre's production of "November" through Oct 27 at Village Church Arts, 130 E Juneau Ave. By Mike Fischer, Special to the Journal Sentinel.
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In science:

It is a weak bound because choosing the nearest of those states means considering Alice as conniving with Derek to fool herself.
Quantum secure identification using entanglement and catalysis
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