- 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.
Origin of conspiracy
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Examples from the Web for conspiratory
From those days, however, the Conspiratory Movement in Russia began to assume larger proportions.
The Mensheviki contended that the time for secret, conspiratory action was past; that Russia had outgrown that earlier method.Bolshevism
It was not for conspiratory action, but for the building up of a great movement.Violence and the Labor Movement
- 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
Word Origin and History for conspiratory
mid-14c., from Anglo-French conspiracie, Old French conspiracie "conspiracy, plot," from Latin conspirationem (nominative conspiratio) "agreement, union, unanimity," noun of action from conspirare (see conspire); earlier in same sense was conspiration (early 14c.), from French conspiration (13c.), from Latin conspirationem. An Old English word for it was facengecwis. As a term in law, from 1863. Conspiracy theory is from 1909.