Synonyms and Antonyms of connive

  1. 1 to secretly sympathize with or pretend ignorance of something improper or unlawful the principal connived at all the school absences that were recorded on the day of the city's celebration of its Super Bowl victory Synonyms wink Related Words brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, excuse, forgive, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, overlook, pardon, pass over, shrug off, tolerate Near Antonyms disapprove (of), frown (on or upon); deny, disallow, refuse

  2. 2 to engage in a secret plan to accomplish evil or unlawful ends suspects that his coworkers are conniving to get him fired Synonyms collude, compass, plot, conspire, contrive, intrigue, machinate, put up, schemeRelated Words counterplot; brew, concoct, cook (up), devise, hatch; engineer, jockey, maneuver, manipulate; design, frame, lay out, map, plan, shape

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a brief usually trivial fact

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