- To connive is to cooperate secretly to do something wrong or illegal or to encourage wrong or illegal behavior.
When you create a secret plan to do something wrong with a friend, this is an example of connive.
- to pretend not to see or look (at something wrong or evil), thus giving tacit consent or cooperation; feign ignorance of another's wrongdoing
- to cooperate secretly (with someone), esp. in wrongdoing; conspire
- to scheme in an underhanded way
Origin: ; from Classical Latin conivere, to wink, connive ; from com-, intensive plush base akin to nictare, to wink ; from Indo-European base an unverified form knei-gwh-, to bend from source Gothic hneiwan, to bend, bow, Old English hnigian, to bow (the head)
- conniver noun
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intransitive verb con·nived, con·niv·ing, con·nives
- To cooperate secretly in an illegal or wrongful action; collude: The dealers connived with customs officials to bring in narcotics.
- To scheme; plot.
- 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.
Origin: Latin cōnīvēre, connīvēre, to close the eyes.
- con·nivˈer noun
- con·nivˈer·y noun