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connive

This word is also in the group 100 IELTS Words.
  • secretly allow (something considered immoral, illegal, wrong, or harmful) to occur.
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Examples

Each wants to win, and to do so they must connive and scheme.

government officials were prepared to connive in impeding the course of justice

you have it in your power to connive at my escape

And even worse, he may take the weekends to plan and conspire and connive and make sure that he isn’t caught when he goes back on his shooting spree during the week.

Thoughts, erratic and conniving, in a word evil, ran through her mind.

And scarily, it is green activists who are conniving at the abuse and murder of rural Britain.

If I may be so bold, sir, why are you helping out that little conniver?

Adam bought it for me with the help of these two little connivers.

It was her the woman I had seen at the castle earlier, the one which I had believed to be an intruder, a conniver.

The woman who loves him struggles and connives to find the evidence that will clear him.

He had allegedly used his influence to enable his wife and children to engage in illegal activities, accepted valuable gifts as bribes and connived with his two secretaries to commit crimes.

In flashbacks he is hampered with the unhappy task of being the innocent amid these connivers, but a stronger actor might have been able to make naïveté more interesting.

In China, on-air conniving by reality-show contestants could be lost in the fog of political correctness.

All the lies, deceit, conniving and games I endured while I was with him have made me frightened to date again.

I don’t really care about catching up on how my beloved soap characters have been scheming and conniving.

She’s good at conniving and scheming and she knows it, no doubt she will twist the police against me.

The accusation that the king aimed at increasing the royal prerogative or deliberately connived at secret influence will not bear scrutiny.

I feel that those who portray an aggressive, vulgar, debased attitude towards life are conniving in that life, and I think publishers should reject them.

As the next general election is now much closer, we should all be examining which political parties and politicians are fighting for Britain and which are conniving in the process of plunging us ever deeper into the EU.

Banks do not generally satisfy the “triggers terms” of environmental legislation such as carrying on, causing, knowingly permitting, or consenting to and conniving in environmental damage.

He gets out of the fenced backyard, then connives to hide the evidence.

She was strict, manipulative, and conniving, but she was also generous with her abilities and caring.

I am fierce, powerful, ambitious, and if need be, conniving.

There is no place for anyone who condones it, conceals it or connives with it.

The environmentalists have connived with the logging-to-prevent-fires scam for political reasons.

But the time is long past for such absurd mythology, which has provided a perennial alibi for those who connived in the destruction of the mining industry.

The two were found to be conniving with an inter-state flesh trade gang, whose three members were arrested by the police last Friday.

It was one of those rare smiles that had nothing behind it, nothing sinister, malicious or conniving, it was a true smile.

I believe that most public servants like their jobs, believe that they’re acting in the public interest, would not consciously assist in or connive in something that was clearly morally wrong, let alone criminal.

But what was less explicable than this working-class defeatism was to hear those who regarded themselves as progressive liberals conniving in it.