a combination of persons for such an unlawful, harmful, 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.
- con·spir·a·tive, adjective
- con·spir·a·to·ri·al [kuhn-spir-uh-tawr-ee-uhl], /kənˌspɪr əˈtɔr i əl/, con·spir·a·to·ry, adjective
- pre·con·spir·a·cy, noun, plural pre·con·spir·a·cies.
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How to use conspiracy in a sentence
The story is told from multiple perspectives, and gradually zeros in on a conspiracy that explains all the events.Two historical mystery novels plunge readers into the past while keeping them guessing | Clare McHugh | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Defendants engaged in a conspiracy to spread disinformation about Smartmatic.Republicans can run from accountability, but they can’t hide | Jennifer Rubin | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Eleven House Republicans joined Democrats to take the conspiracy theory-promoting lawmaker off her committee assignments.The Marjorie Taylor Greene committee removal vote, explained | Gabby Birenbaum | February 5, 2021 | Vox
There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs.The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election | Molly Ball | February 4, 2021 | Time
The Internet-born conspiracy theory is now a real-world movement, labeled a domestic terrorism threat by the FBI.Democratic attack ads misleadingly link swing-district Republicans to QAnon | Salvador Rizzo | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
But at the heart of this “Truther” conspiracy theory is the idea that “someone” wants to destroy Bill Cosby.
Cosby conspiracy theorists share a perspective born of a long, pained history of American racism.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
That plane still has not been found, sparking much speculation and many conspiracy theories.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But his motives for shooting John Paul II have remained a mystery shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories.
All over the world the just claims of organized labor are intermingled with the underground conspiracy of social revolution.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
He sympathized with that movement which, during his childhood, culminated in the Cavite conspiracy (vide p. 106).The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
But when you are there, the awful secret of conspiracy will not be revealed in caverns, dungeons, and darkness.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Scarcely a year passed in which his name was not connected with some conspiracy to overthrow the First Consul.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The law still branded as conspiracy any united attempt of workingmen to raise wages or to shorten the hours of work.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for conspiracy
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
- conspirator, noun
- conspiratorial (kənˌspɪrəˈtɔːrɪəl) or conspiratory, adjective
- conspiratorially, adverb
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