noun \kən-ˈspir-ə-sē\

: a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal

: the act of secretly planning to do something that is harmful or illegal

plural con·spir·a·cies

Full Definition of CONSPIRACY

:  the act of conspiring together
a :  an agreement among conspirators
b :  a group of conspirators

Examples of CONSPIRACY

  1. The CIA uncovered a conspiracy against the government.
  2. They were accused of conspiracy to commit murder.


Middle English conspiracie, from Latin conspirare
First Known Use: 14th century


cabal, 1ring, crew, gang, Mafia, mob, syndicate
See Synonym Discussion at plot


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Agreement between two or more persons to commit an unlawful act or to accomplish a lawful end by unlawful means. Some U.S. states require an overt act in addition to the agreement to constitute conspiracy. Individual conspirators need not even know of the existence or the identity of all other conspirators. In a chain conspiracy the parties act separately and successively (as in distributing narcotics). A civil conspiracy is not prosecuted as a crime but forms the grounds for a lawsuit. In antitrust law, conspiracies in restraint of trade (e.g., price fixing) are rigorously prosecuted. In the U.S. it is common to punish a conspiracy to commit an offense more harshly than the offense itself, but there has been a growing trend to follow the European example and make the punishment for conspiracy the same as or less than that for the offense itself.


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