Conniving



[kuh-nahyv] /kəˈnaɪv/

verb (used without object), connived, conniving.
1.
to cooperate secretly; conspire (often followed by with):
They connived to take over the business.
2.
to avoid noticing something that one is expected to oppose or condemn; give aid to wrongdoing by forbearing to act or speak (usually followed by at):
The policeman connived at traffic violations.
3.
to be indulgent toward something others oppose or criticize (usually followed by at):
to connive at childlike exaggerations.
/kəˈnaɪv/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to plot together, esp secretly; conspire
2.
(foll by at) (law) to give assent or encouragement (to the commission of a wrong)
adj.

1783, present participle adjective from connive. Earlier in this sense was connivent.
v.

c.1600, from Latin connivere, also conivere “to wink,” hence, “to wink at (a crime), be secretly privy,” from com- “together” (see com-) + base akin to nictare “to wink,” from PIE root *kneigwh- (see nictitate). Related: Connived; conniving.

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