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[noun kom-plot; verb kuh m-plot]
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  1. a plot involving several participants; conspiracy.
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verb (used with or without object), com·plot·ted, com·plot·ting.
  1. to plot together; conspire.
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Origin of complot

1570–80; < Middle French; compare Old French complot dense crowd, accord, understanding, conspiracy, complote assembly (of troops); of obscure origin
Related formscom·plot·ment, nouncom·plot·ter, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Flour and grain, by reason of the court's complot, began to run low.

    The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 &amp; 2

    Eugne Sue

  • I went on to the balcony, but the curtains of Bellegarde's room were drawn, as if to assure me that there was no complot.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • And he was exalted, and made the cap of Shiraz nod in his conceit, crying, 'Am I not leader in this complot?

  • It might be better to read compass for 'complot,' as the preceding 'plot' may have been in the printer's mind; or plan for 'plot.'

  • And here they found John when they stole in one after the other, soft-footed, that the boy might suspect no complot.

    The Marriage of Elinor

    Margaret Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for complot


noun (ˈkɒmplɒt)
  1. a plot or conspiracy
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verb (kəmˈplɒt) -plots, -plotting or -plotted
  1. to plot together; conspire
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Derived Formscomplotter, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French, of unknown origin
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