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Meaning of CONNIVE

Pronunciation:  ku'nIv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
  2. [v]  encourage or assent to illegally; in criminal behavior

CONNIVE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: intrigue, scheme
 See Also: accede, acquiesce, assent, plot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*nive"\ (k[o^]n*n[imac]v"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Connived} (-n[imac]vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Conniving}.] [L.
    connivere to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con- + (perh.) a
    word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.]
    1. To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink. [Obs.]
             The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously,
             and to connive with either eye.       --Spectator.
    2. 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
             To connive at what it does not approve. --Jer.
             In many of these, the directors were heartily
             concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging,
             and sometimes commanding; in all they were
             conniving.                            --Burke.
             The government thought it expedient, occasionally,
             to connive at the violation of this rule.
  2. \Con*nive"\, v. t.
    To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see. [R.
    & Obs.] ``Divorces were not connived only, but with eye open
    allowed.'' --Milton.
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