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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Connive \Con*nive"\, verb (used with an object) To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see. [R. & Obs.] "Divorces were not connived only, but with eye open allowed." --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Connive \Con*nive"\ (k[o^]n*n[imac]v"), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Connived} (-n[imac]vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Conniving}.] [L. connivere to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con- + (perh.) a word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.]

1. To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink. [Obs.]

The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye. --Spectator.

2. To close the eyes upon a fault; to wink (at); to fail or forbear by intention to discover an act; to permit a proceeding, as if not aware of it; -- usually followed by at.

To connive at what it does not approve. --Jer. Taylor.

In many of these, the directors were heartily concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging, and sometimes commanding; in all they were conniving. --Burke.

The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

connive

verb

1: encourage or assent to illegally or criminally

2: form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner [syn: {scheme}, {intrigue}, {connive}]


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