To connive is to plan or plot to do something illegal or wrong. Conniving is considered dishonest and cowardly.

If someone accuses you of conniving, that's definitely not a compliment. Conniving usually occurs in secret, and people who connive are up to no good. Criminals planning a bank robbery are conniving. Crooked politicians looking for a bribe are conniving. Villains connive, and conniving is associated with conspiracies and dishonesty. The opposite of conniving is being honest and straightforward.

Definitions of connive

v form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

intrigue, scheme
Type of:
plan secretly, usually something illegal

v encourage or assent to illegally or criminally

Type of:
accede, acquiesce, assent
to agree or express agreement

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