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con 1

In opposition or disagreement; against: debated the issue pro and con.
1. An argument or opinion against something.
2. One who holds an opposing opinion or view.

[Short for contra.]

con 2

tr.v. conned, con·ning, cons Archaic
1. To study, peruse, or examine carefully.
2. To learn or commit to memory.

[Middle English connen, to know, from Old English cunnan; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

con′ner n.

con 3

or conn  (kŏn)Nautical
tr.v. conned, con·ning, cons or conns
To direct the steering or course of (a vessel).
1. The area or structure on a vessel from which the vessel is conned.
2. The position or authority of the officer conning a vessel.

[From cond, from Middle English conduen, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere, to lead together; see conduce.]

con 4

 (kŏn) Slang
tr.v. conned, con·ning, cons
To swindle (a victim) by first winning his or her confidence; dupe.
A swindle.
Of, relating to, or involving a swindle or fraud: a con artist; a con job.

[Short for confidence.]

con 5

n. Slang
A convict.


1. Conservative.
2. Constable.
3. Constitution.
4. Consul.


1. consecrated.
2. consolidated.
3. consonant.
4. constable.
5. constitution(al).
6. construction.
7. consul.
8. consulting.
References in classic literature ?
He read many wise things in books, but he could only judge from his own experience (he did not know whether he was different from other people); he did not calculate the pros and cons of an action, the benefits which must befall him if he did it, the harm which might result from the omission; but his whole being was urged on irresistibly.
At length the lady of the caravan shook off her fit of meditation, and, summoning the driver to come under the window at which she was seated, held a long conversation with him in a low tone of voice, as if she were asking his advice on an important point, and discussing the pros and cons of some very weighty matter.
Train her in the art of dramatic disguise; provide her with appropriate dresses for different characters; develop her accomplishments in singing and playing; give her plenty of smart talk addressed to the audience; advertise her as a Young Lady at Home; astonish the public by a dramatic entertainment which depends from first to last on that young lady's own sole exertions; commit the entire management of the t hing to my care -- and what follows as a necessary con sequence?
Consider and reconsider, con and con over again the advices and the instructions I gave thee before thy departure hence to thy government, and thou wilt see that in them, if thou dost follow them, thou hast a help at hand that will lighten for thee the troubles and difficulties that beset governors at every step.
She sat and cried con amore as her uncle intended, but it was con amore fraternal and no other.
Yet heavier far than your Petrarchan stuff- Owl-downy nonsense that the faintest puff Twirls into trunk-paper the while you con it.
As the story of 'Agnes Grey' was accused of extravagant over-colouring in those very parts that were carefully copied from the life, with a most scrupulous avoidance of all exaggeration, so, in the present work, I find myself censured for depicting CON AMORE, with 'a morbid love of the coarse, if not of the brutal,' those scenes which, I will venture to say, have not been more painful for the most fastidious of my critics to read than they were for me to describe.
I urged on his considera tion that he had done now with Falk and Falk's con founded tug.
The fat man, without waiting for my complaint, wheezing heavily and in a tone as if he himself were incredulous, con veyed to me the news that Falk--Captain Falk- had declined--had absolutely declined--to tow my ship--to have anything to do with my ship--this day or any other day.
They had," he con tinued, "been acquainted with Captain Falk for very many years, and never had any reason.
And I almost shrank from undertaking them shorthanded and without local knowledge of the river bed, which is so necessary for the con fident handling of the ship.
San Diego Comic-Con International is threatening not only us, but all the other Comic Cons by trying to prohibit them from using the term for their events," said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer.