noun, plural con·spir·a·cies.
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What does conspiracy mean?
Conspiracy most commonly means a secret plan by multiple people to do something evil or illegal.
In a legal context, conspiracy refers to an agreement by two or more people to commit a crime.
A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event that claims it was the result of a secret and often complex and evil plot by multiple people. People who promote or formulate conspiracy theories often reject the standard or accepted explanation of unexplained or unusual events and claim that they are the doing of evil conspirators secretly conspiring behind the scenes.
Both conspiracy and conspiracy theory are often used in the context of politics.
Example: This isn’t the work of one man—it’s a conspiracy, and there are more people in on it than you think!
Where does conspiracy come from?
The first records of the word conspiracy come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb conspīrāre, meaning “to act in harmony” or “to conspire.” It comes from the combination of con-, meaning “together,” and spīrāre, “to breathe.” The suffix -acy indicates a state of action—the state or act of conspiring.
When people hear the word conspiracy, they often think of shady people making shady plans in shady backrooms. The word typically implies both secrecy and evil—people involved in conspiracies are up to no good and they’re trying to hide it. The word is especially associated with bizarre conspiracy theories, but some conspiracies are very real. When people plan to commit a crime together, it’s a criminal conspiracy.
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What are some other forms related to conspiracy?
- conspire (verb)
- conspirator (noun)
- conspiratorial (adjective)
- conspirative (adjective)
- conspiratory (adjective)
- conspiratorially (adverb)
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How is conspiracy used in real life?
Conspiracy is always used negatively. It’s commonly used in the term conspiracy theory.
The new doc “Church and the Fourth Estate” profiles Adam Steed, a Mormon who was abused in the Boy Scouts and blew the whistle on a conspiracy involving the Scouts and LDS Churchhttps://t.co/arYPCbg5up
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 30, 2020
We are learning so much about so many people. All the bigotries are being exposed. Allies who are only allies until their friends get called out, people who don’t believe in racism, transphobes, idiot conspiracy theorists. It’s a lot.
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 5, 2020
Body: time to sleep
Brain: okay just reading one more conspiracy theory about Justin Bieber shapeshifting into a lizard
— Phil Lester (@AmazingPhil) March 19, 2017
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Is conspiracy used correctly in the following sentence?
The conspiracy consisted of several top-ranking officials.
Example sentences from the Web for conspiracy
But at the heart of this “Truther” conspiracy theory is the idea that “someone” wants to destroy Bill Cosby.
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|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In their minds, I could only say these things as the result of some plot, some conspiracy.
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|DAILY BEAST
In total, 82 victims lost approximately $4.6 million over the three-year conspiracy.Ponzi-Scheming Pastor Fleeced His Flock Out of Millions|Brandy Zadrozny|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What could she say to her own parents which would meet the case or would be worthy of such a conspiracy?Catharine Furze|Mark Rutherford
That this conspiracy against my father, the details of which you would not have me learn, is some evil of your own devising.The Suitors of Yvonne|Raphael Sabatini
"It was neither 'bet' nor 'dare' nor 'conspiracy,'" she said.The Man Between|Amelia E. Barr
A conspiracy which is to make him and all others who are concerned in it wealthy for life.The Lost Ambassador|E. Phillips Oppenheim
He wondered whether Morgan had not come and entered into a conspiracy with her to shield themselves.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden