: to pretend ignorance of or fail to take action against something one ought to oppose
The government connived in the rebels' military buildup.
: to be indulgent or in secret sympathy : wink
The captain connived at the smuggling of goods aboard his ship.
: to cooperate secretly or have a secret understanding
officials who connive with drug dealers
the principal connived at all the school absences that were recorded on the day of the city's celebration of its Super Bowl victory suspects that his coworkers are conniving to get him fired
Recent Examples on the Web In celebration of her return, everyone from comedian Melissa McCarthy, who’s playing the conniving nemesis of King Triton, to film historians, are taking the opportunity to pay tribute to the legendary drag queen who inspired Ursula’s unwholesome ways: Divine. —Elaina Patton, NBC News, 26 May 2023 Polly Walker as Lady Featherington Polly Walker plays Lady Featherington, the Bridgertons' gaudy and conniving neighbor. —Charlotte Walsh, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 Melissa McCarthy's conniving sea witch Ursula makes a deal with Ariel in new footage from the upcoming The Little Mermaid live-action remake. —Jessica Wang, EW.com, 13 Apr. 2023 Based on a popular telenovela, the movie follows twin sisters (both played by Isabella Castillo) separated at birth, one humble and kind, the other ultrarich, conniving and destructive. —Dallasnews.com Staff, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2023 That’s just not so: Some people are better than other people, as far as virtue goes, and some are just conniving, self-interested [expletive]. —Andrew Marzoni, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2023 The real world, happily, is not as violent as Game of Thrones, not as conniving as Game of Thrones, but there are certainly some sinister characters in the real world as well. —Keli Goff, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2023 Here, Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, have made their home for 12 years, ever since Prospero’s conniving brother, Antonio, conspired to steal his dukedom. —Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2023 Foremost among the opera’s ironies is Agrippina herself (Joyce DiDonato), domineering and conniving throughout the span of this opera, but in real life destined, in the years that would follow, to be hoist by her own petard. —James Romm, The New York Review of Books, 1 Mar. 2020 See More
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