Origin of conspirator
OTHER WORDS FROM conspiratornon·con·spir·a·tor, nounpre·con·spir·a·tor, noun
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What does conspirator mean?
A conspirator is someone engaged in a conspiracy—a secret plan by multiple people to do something evil or illegal.
The word conspiracy can also refer to the act of making such plans—the act of conspiring—or to the group making the plans. In a legal context, conspiracy refers to an agreement by two or more people to commit a crime.
In any of these cases, the people involved can be called conspirators. The word co-conspirator refers to a fellow conspirator—a conspirator conspiring with one or more other conspirators in a conspiracy. But, by itself, the word conspirator always implies that there are multiple people involved—there is never a single conspirator.
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 conspirators. 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.
Example: This isn’t the work of one man—it’s a conspiracy, and there are more conspirators than you think!
Where does conspirator come from?
The first records of the word conspirator come from around 1400. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb conspīrāre, meaning “to act in harmony” or “to conspire.” This comes from the combination of con-, meaning “together,” and spīrāre, “to breathe.” The suffix -tor indicates an agent of action—in this case, the action of conspiring.
When people hear the word conspirator, they often think of shady people making shady plans in shady backrooms. The word typically implies both secrecy and evil—conspirators are up to no good and they’re trying to hide it. The word is often associated with bizarre conspiracy theories, but some conspiracies are very real. When conspirators plan to commit a crime together, it’s a criminal conspiracy.
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What are some other forms related to conspirator?
- co-conspirator (noun)
- conspiratorial (adjective)
- conspiratorially (adverb)
- conspiratory (adjective)
- conspire (verb)
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How is conspirator used in real life?
Conspirator is always used negatively. Due to the definition, the word always implies that there is more than one conspirator.
More attacks feared in Sri Lankan capital.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 3, 2019
On this day in 1865: US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington.
Photo: The conspirators, colorized by me. pic.twitter.com/hlqZ8DN4GC
— Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2) April 14, 2019
Believing in the religious/nationalist myth of American exceptionalism means believing any bad thing that happens in the United States is the fault of internal traitors or outside conspirators.
There's a reason millions of Americans are drowning in a paranoid alternate reality.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 5, 2020
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Is conspirator used correctly in the following sentence?
Several top-ranking officials were named as conspirators.
How to use conspirator in a sentence
Between April and July of 2018, an unknown conspirator harassed the daughter in California, sending derogatory messages about her family to her Facebook friends.Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight|by Sebastian Rotella and Kirsten Berg|July 22, 2021|ProPublica
The trial also fertilized some QAnon-esque theories, among them that Oswald and Ruby were secret half-brothers and that conspirators had injected Ruby with cancer cells.The trial of the man who killed the man who killed Kennedy|Thurston Clarke|July 9, 2021|Washington Post
We read aloud the dialogue among military conspirators who seized the Spanish parliament in 1981, holding members at gunpoint.
After several court cases and recounts, the theory was dismissed—but that hasn’t stopped conspirators from alleging faulty counting machines and deliberate manual miscounts.The biggest conspiracy theories of 2020 (and why they won’t die)|Danielle Abril|December 31, 2020|Fortune
Every scam artist, every bunk cure peddler … every conspirator, every internet troll.How Social Media Is Shaping Our Fears of — and Response to — the Coronavirus|Alejandro de la Garza|March 16, 2020|Time
Former Congressman David Rivera has been publicly given a title he was long believed to possess: unindicted co-conspirator.
But I could not bear the thought of skater Takahashi being seen by the world as a co-conspirator in our crime.Japan’s Beloved Deaf Composer is Neither Deaf Nor a Composer|Jimmy So|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They put a hundred grams, two hundred grams in each fish,” an alleged conspirator named Franco Lupoi was recorded saying.
The difference between Nixon and Holder is that Nixon failed in his effort to treat Sheehan as a co-conspirator.Pentagon Papers Lawyer James Goodale: It’s Time for Eric Holder to Resign|James C. Goodale|May 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After an opening DJ set by his Fallon co-conspirator Questlove, Timberlake sauntered out onstage a few minutes past midnight.Justin Timberlake Closes Out SXSW in Style at Myspace Bash|Marlow Stern|March 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We must behold her as she appeared in 1860,—the leader and chief conspirator against the Republic.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
You remember what I said: 'If there's any serious bother I, your commander and fellow conspirator, will stand by you.'The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
Theodore, the Greek waiter, looked exactly what he was—a born conspirator who had strayed from melodrama into real life.Eastern Nights - and Flights|Alan Bott
Thus behind the arch-conspirator of the revolution stood "the Chief of all the Jews."Secret Societies And Subversive Movements|Nesta H. Webster
In the eyes of the wicked Pope, the Florentine reformer was a traitor and conspirator, disloyal and dangerous.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI|John Lord