connivance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n connivance (law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing
    • n connivance agreement on a secret plot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Connivance (Law) Corrupt or guilty assent to wrongdoing, not involving actual participation in, but knowledge of, and failure to prevent or oppose it.
    • Connivance Intentional failure or forbearance to discover a fault or wrongdoing; voluntary oversight; passive consent or coöperation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n connivance The act of conniving, tacitly permitting, or indirectly aiding; collusion by withholding condemnation or exposure; tacit or implied encouragement, especially of wrong-doing.
    • n connivance In the law of divorce, specifically, the corrupt consenting of a married person to that conduct in the spouse of which complaint is afterward made.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. connivence, L. conniventia,

Usage

In literature:

The subordinate police, prone to connive with offenders, was ill-regulated and insufficient.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Our own citizens do not connive at the escape of slaves.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Shortly after, the king contrived to escape from Windsor to the Isle of Wight, with the connivance of Cromwell.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The current belief was that his preferment was disgrace for connivance at communications between him and Cobham.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
A statement which he made under oath in 1872 indicates that he did not connive at the destruction of Columbia.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
And Marishka must have connived at the plan for her escape!
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
He publicly took the sacrament at Oxford as a pledge that he never would even connive at popery.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Mr Abington continued to protest his supreme innocence of all knowledge or connivance.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
Edward accused her, also, of having connived at his brother Alfred's death.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
For this purpose effigies were brought forward, supposed to be by the authority or connivance of the Secret Committee.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
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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.
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.
Obama and Eden, kindred connivers.
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.
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.
Mother-in-law is rude, conniving.
Phony reporters squirming into parties in the city are more conniving than the guys in "Wedding Crashers".
Larry Hagman, who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. "Dallas," died on Friday, the Dallas Morning News reported.
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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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