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1. acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end;
[syn: collusive, conniving]

2. used of persons;
- Example: "the most calculating and selfish men in the community"
[syn: calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Connive \Con*nive"\ (k[o^]n*n[imac]v"), v. i. [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.] [1913 Webster] The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye. --Spectator. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] To connive at what it does not approve. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

51 Moby Thesaurus words for "conniving": Byzantine, Machiavellian, calculating, coacting, coactive, coadjutant, coadjuvant, coefficient, collaborative, collective, collectivist, collectivistic, collusive, combined, commensal, common, communal, communalist, communalistic, communist, communistic, communitarian, concerted, concordant, concurrent, concurring, connivent, conspiring, contriving, cooperant, cooperating, cooperative, designing, ecumenic, fellow, harmonious, harmonized, intriguing, joint, mutual, noncompetitive, plotting, reciprocal, scheming, stratagemical, symbiotic, synergetic, synergic, synergistic, uncompetitive, up to