[ kuhn-spir-uh-ter ]
/ kənˈspɪr ə tər /
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a person who takes part in a conspiracy; plotter.
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Origin of conspirator

1375–1425; late Middle English conspiratour<Anglo-French <Medieval Latin; see conspire, -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM conspirator

non·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.



Try using conspirator!

Is conspirator used correctly in the following sentence?

Several top-ranking officials were named as conspirators.

How to use conspirator in a sentence