Condone vs Connive - What's the difference?

condone | connive |

As verbs the difference between condone and connive

is that condone is to forgive, excuse or overlook (something) while connive is to cooperate with others secretly in order to commit a crime; to collude.




  • To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=18 citation , passage=‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]?  Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?}}
  • To allow, accept or permit (something).
  • (legal) To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).
  • Anagrams





  • to cooperate with others secretly in order to commit a crime; to collude
  • to plot or scheme
  • to pretend to be ignorant of something in order to escape blame; to ignore a fault deliberately
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • to connive at what it does not approve
  • * Burke
  • In many of these, the directors were heartily concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging, and sometimes commanding; in all they were conniving .
  • * Macaulay
  • The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule.
  • (archaic) To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink.
  • * Spectator
  • The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye.
  • to be a wench
  • References

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