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conspiracy

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noun con·spir·a·cy \kən-ˈspir-ə-sē\

Simple Definition of conspiracy

  • : 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

Full Definition of conspiracy

plural con·spir·a·cies

  1. 1 :  the act of conspiring together

  2. 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

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noun con·spir·a·cy \kən-ˈspir-ə-sē\

Definition of conspiracy

plural con·spir·a·cies

  1. 1 :  a secret agreement to do something harmful or unlawful

  2. 2 :  the act of plotting with others to do something harmful or unlawful

  3. 3 :  a group of conspirators





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