[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.]
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
To connive at what it does not approve. --Jer.
In many of these, the directors were heartily
concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging,
and sometimes commanding; in all they were
The government thought it expedient, occasionally,
to connive at the violation of this rule.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal
end [syn: collusive, conniving]
2: used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in the
community" [syn: calculating, calculative, conniving,
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