Connive vs Consort - What's the difference?

connive | consort |

As a verb connive

is to cooperate with others secretly in order to commit a crime; to collude.

As a proper noun consort is

a village in alberta, canada.




  • 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
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  • The spouse of a monarch.
  • A husband, wife, companion or partner.
  • * Dryden
  • He single chose to live, and shunned to wed, / Well pleased to want a consort of his bed.
  • * Thackeray
  • The consort of the queen has passed from this troubled sphere.
  • * Darwin
  • the snow-white gander, invariably accompanied by his darker consort
  • A ship accompanying another.
  • (uncountable) Association or partnership.
  • * Atterbury
  • Take it singly, and it carries an air of levity; but, in consort with the rest, has a meaning quite different.
  • A group or company, especially of musicians playing the same type of instrument.
  • * Spenser
  • In one consort there sat / Cruel revenge and rancorous despite, / Disloyal treason, and heart-burning hate.
  • * Herbert
  • Lord, place me in thy consort .
  • (obsolete) Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.
  • * Spenser
  • To make a sad consort , / Come, let us join our mournful song with theirs.


    * companion, escort * (sense) association, partnership * (group of musicians) band, group


    (en verb)
  • To associate or keep company.
  • * 1961 , J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês'' of Plato," ''Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association , vol. 92, p. 457,
  • Being itself inferior and consorting with an inferior faculty it begets inferior offspring.
  • To be in agreement.
  • To associate or unite in company with.
  • * Dryden
  • Which of the Grecian chiefs consorts with thee?


    * (associate or keep company) hang out (slang) * (be in agreement) agree, concur * (associate or unite in company with) associate, hang out (slang)


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