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conspiracy

noun con·spir·a·cy \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

1
:  the act of conspiring together
2
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.

Origin of CONSPIRACY

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

Synonym Discussion of CONSPIRACY

plot, intrigue, machination, conspiracy, cabal mean a plan secretly devised to accomplish an evil or treacherous end. plot implies careful foresight in planning a complex scheme <an assassination plot>. intrigue suggests secret underhanded maneuvering in an atmosphere of duplicity <backstairs intrigue>. machination implies a contriving of annoyances, injuries, or evils by indirect means <the machinations of a party boss>. conspiracy implies a secret agreement among several people usually involving treason or great treachery <a conspiracy to fix prices>. cabal typically applies to political intrigue involving persons of some eminence <a cabal among powerful senators>.
CONSPIRACY Defined for Kids

conspiracy

noun con·spir·a·cy \kən-ˈspir-ə-sē\
plural con·spir·a·cies

Definition of CONSPIRACY for Kids

1
:  a secret agreement to do something harmful or unlawful
2
:  the act of plotting with others to do something harmful or unlawful
3
:  a group of conspirators

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