Definition of Connive

1. Verb. Encourage or assent to illegally or criminally.

Generic synonyms: Accede, Acquiesce, Assent
Derivative terms: Connivance



2. Verb. Form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner.
Exact synonyms: Intrigue, Scheme
Generic synonyms: Plot
Derivative terms: Connivance, Intrigue

Definition of Connive

1. v. i. To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink.

2. v. t. To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see.

Definition of Connive

1. Verb. to cooperate with others secretly in order to commit a crime; to collude ¹

2. Verb. to plot or scheme ¹

3. Verb. to pretend to be ignorant of something in order to escape blame ¹

4. Verb. to be a wench ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Connive

1. to feign ignorance of wrongdoing [v -NIVED, -NIVING, -NIVES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Connive

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connexus
connexus intertendineus
conning
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conniption
conniption fit
conniptions
connivance
connivances
connivant
connive (current term)
connive at
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connivent
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conniveries
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Literary usage of Connive

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1. View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1848)
"... do not find them so frequently mentioned and the abuse by degrees, though nol suppressed, was reduced within limits at which the church might connive. ..."

2. History of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1899)
"... though not suppressed, was reduced within limits at which the church might connive. Simony, or the corrupt purchase of spiritual benefices, ..."

3. The Works of William Robertson: To which is Prefixed an Account of His Life by William Robertson, Alexander Stewart (1820)
"... he was disposed to connive at the irregularity af a measure which facilitated their departure. -, , 1-1 extended WITHOUT interruption from the crown, ..."

4. Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints: With Reflections for Every Day in the by John Gilmary Shea (1894)
"... Edmund retired into exile sooner than appear to connive at so foul a wrong. After two years spent in solitude and prayer, he went to his reward, ..."

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