[ kuhn-spir-uh-see ]
/ kənˈspɪr ə si /
noun, plural con·spir·a·cies.
the act of conspiring.
an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, 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.
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Origin of conspiracy
synonym study for conspiracy
2. Conspiracy, plot, intrigue, cabal all refer to surreptitious or covert schemes to accomplish some end, most often an evil one. A conspiracy usually involves a group entering into a secret agreement to achieve some illicit or harmful objective: a vicious conspiracy to control prices. A plot is a carefully planned secret scheme, usually by a small number of persons, to secure sinister ends: a plot to seize control of a company. An intrigue usually involves duplicity and deceit aimed at achieving either personal advantage or criminal or treasonous objectives: the petty intrigues of civil servants. Cabal refers either to a plan by a small group of highly-placed persons to overthrow or control a government, or to the group of persons themselves: a cabal of powerful lawmakers.
OTHER WORDS FROM conspiracy
con·spir·a·tive, adjectivecon·spir·a·to·ri·al [kuhn-spir-uh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /kənˌspɪr əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, con·spir·a·to·ry, adjectivecon·spir·a·to·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·con·spir·a·to·ri·al, adjective
pre·con·spir·a·cy, noun, plural pre·con·spir·a·cies.
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Example sentences from the Web for conspiracy
As their son confers with a Colby admissions counselor, they lean in conspiratorially near the door.
British Dictionary definitions for conspiracy
/ (kənˈspɪrəsɪ) /
noun plural -cies
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
Derived forms of conspiracyconspirator, nounconspiratorial (kənˌspɪrəˈtɔːrɪəl) or conspiratory, adjectiveconspiratorially, adverb
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