- the act of conspiring.
- an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
- a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose: He joined the conspiracy to overthrow the government.
- Law. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
- any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.
Origin of conspiracy
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Examples from the Web for conspiracy
But at the heart of this “Truther” conspiracy theory is the idea that “someone” wants to destroy Bill Cosby.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
But those strands of his identity are all wound around the conspiracy that led him back to Gambia for the first time in 23 years.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
In their minds, I could only say these things as the result of some plot, some conspiracy.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
A fog of conspiracy—of logic against logic, as Orwell put it—has descended on every major event in the war.Digital Doublethink: Playing Truth or Dare with Putin, Assad and ISIS
Christopher Dickey, Anna Nemtsova
November 16, 2014
In total, 82 victims lost approximately $4.6 million over the three-year conspiracy.Ponzi-Scheming Pastor Fleeced His Flock Out of Millions
November 11, 2014
There had been a conspiracy against him; he was outwitted, robbed, befooled.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
A conspiracy between speech and action to cheat the understanding.The Devil's Dictionary
But Human Natur' is in a conspiracy again' me; I can't get on.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
My dining with him was part of the conspiracy; he was intoxicated previous to his ruin.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
It was useless for her intellect to deny this conspiracy, for her heart proclaimed it.A Spirit in Prison
- a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot
- the act of making such plans in secret
Word Origin and History for conspiracy
mid-14c., from Anglo-French conspiracie, Old French conspiracie "conspiracy, plot," from Latin conspirationem (nominative conspiratio) "agreement, union, unanimity," noun of action from conspirare (see conspire); earlier in same sense was conspiration (early 14c.), from French conspiration (13c.), from Latin conspirationem. An Old English word for it was facengecwis. As a term in law, from 1863. Conspiracy theory is from 1909.