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 for conniving
From 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.]
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              The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously,
              and to connive with either eye.       --Spectator.
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     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.
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              To connive at what it does not approve. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
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              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.
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              The government thought it expedient, occasionally,
              to connive at the violation of this rule.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  conniving
      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,
         scheming, shrewd]

From 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
  
  

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