verb (used without object), con·spired, con·spir·ing.
verb (used with object), con·spired, con·spir·ing.
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What does conspire mean?
Conspire commonly means to secretly plan with multiple other people to do something wrong, evil, or illegal.
In a legal context, conspiracy refers to an agreement by two or more people conspiring to commit a crime.
Conspire can also mean to act together to achieve some result. This use often likens inanimate objects to people engaging in a conspiracy, as in I was on time until the traffic and the weather conspired to make me late.
Example: In the movie, supervillains conspire to steal all of the world’s bananas.
Where does conspire come from?
The first records of the word conspire come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb conspīrāre, meaning “to act in harmony” or “to conspire.” It comes from the combination of con-, meaning “together,” and spīrāre, “to breathe.”
When people hear the word conspire, they often think of shady people making shady plans in shady backrooms. The word typically implies both secrecy and evil—people who conspire are usually up to no good and they’re trying to hide it.
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 people conspiring together. 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.
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What are some other forms related to conspire?
- conspiracy (noun)
- conspirator (noun)
- conspirer (noun)
- conspiringly (adverb)
- conspiratorial (adjective)
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How is conspire used in real life?
Conspire is usually used negatively. But it can also be used to refer to people working together in secret to do something that’s not so evil—like when your friends conspire to throw you a surprise party.
The PC affidavit is nearly identical to the one for Chad Daybell. But this page stands out. It says CD, Lori Vallow & Alex Cox conspired to commit crime of concealing & destroying/altering evidence they knew would be produced as evidence in trial. #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/YXeR8SJqzv
— Justin Lum (@jlumfox10) June 30, 2020
How did an ordinary, hard-working American woman end up conspiring with Chinese intelligence agents? https://t.co/mkkMOlFhDr
— The Economist’s 1843 magazine (@1843mag) July 2, 2020
Feeling overwhelmingly lonely for friendship, but college/work/health are always conspiring against me. I'd just love a cup of coffee and a good chat, more then anything.
— Dee Clarke (@dejaysus) February 1, 2020
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Several top-ranking officials were found to have conspired in the bribery scheme.
Example sentences from the Web for conspire
There, they noted how stray molecules of water could conspire with salty ingredients in the dirt to create literally earth-shattering effects.Mars’s mascara-like streaks may be caused by slush and landslides|Charlie Wood|February 3, 2021|Popular Science
Those unschooled in the nuances of modern finance might be forgiven for thinking that a bunch of investors openly conspiring to drive up the price of stocks with the aim to profit from it is a case of market manipulation that ought to be illegal.
In September, prosecutors filed charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which can bring a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.Global Right-Wing Extremism Networks Are Growing. The U.S. Is Just Now Catching Up.|by Sebastian Rotella|January 22, 2021|ProPublica
The charges filed against Gieswein on Saturday do not include accusations that he conspired with others to attack Congress.FBI probes possible connections between extremist groups at heart of Capitol violence|Devlin Barrett, Spencer Hsu|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
The proportions of your limbs, the stiffness of your tendons, and your movement history all conspire to make your knees unique.There’s a New Way to Choose the Right Running Shoe|Alex Hutchinson|January 5, 2021|Outside Online
The girls very much wanted to conspire with me to make that happen.Jamie Lee Curtis and Naomi Foner on What It Means to Be ‘Very Good Girls’|Jamie Lee Curtis|July 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But ill-considered personal choices and the accidents of history always seemed to conspire against Marrero.Havana Bids Adios to Conrado Marrero, MLB’s Oldest Player|Peter C. Bjarkman|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They plot, conspire and work hand-in-hand toward the common goal of Jewish domination.
Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook did not conspire to undermine American labor and underpay Chinese workers.Latest Record Results Show Apple a Bigger Global Power Than Most Nations|Zachary Karabell|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Later, when they venture out, rain and fog conspire to limit their view, even in unfamiliar surroundings.Must Read Novels: Ballard, Dybek, and Krasznahorkai|Jacob Silverman, Malcolm Forbes, John McIntyre|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The claims of its glorious Object, its own essential nature, and its design, all conspire in this.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
All shall conspire in favour of the church, which in the following verse is called Jezrahel, that is, the seed of God.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The enemy hates him bitterly, and would welcome an opportunity, would even conspire, to hang him.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
About that time he began to conspire with a view to restore the son of Queen Isabella.
Theologians tell and repeat to us that man is free, while all their teachings conspire to destroy his liberty.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier