conniving

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conniving

  1. present participle of connive

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conniving (comparative more conniving, superlative most conniving)

  1. That connives; conspiratorial. [from 1780s]
    • 1902, Edith Wharton, The Bread of Angels:
      I waited. Then those two / Strange pilgrims of the sanctuaries of sin / Brought from beneath their large conniving cloaks / Two hidden baskets brimming with rich store / Of broken viands — pasties, jellies, meats, / Crumbs of Belshazzar's table, evil waste / Of that interminable nightly feast []

Related terms[edit]

  • kniving (misconstruction of conniving)

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