Definition of conspiracy
1 : the act of conspiring together They were accused of conspiracy to commit murder.
2a : an agreement among conspirators uncovered a conspiracy against the governmentb : a group of conspirators a conspiracy made up of disgruntled aristocrats
Examples of conspiracy in a Sentence
The CIA uncovered a conspiracy against the government.
They were accused of conspiracy to commit murder.
Recent Examples of conspiracy from the Web
On social media, some users suggested that the bill was part of a sinister conspiracy against the kingdom.
There’s a sweet element of complete innocence submerged among all of the conspiracy suspicion.
Having directed searing profiles of such lightning-rods as Richard Nixon and George W. Bush (not to mention an entire movie devoted to J.F.K. assassination conspiracies), Oliver Stone is no stranger to controversy.
He was later charged in a French court with murder connected to terrorism, participation in a terrorist conspiracy and possession of weapons and explosives, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced.
The complaint against Mr. Kumar was for criminal conspiracy and sedition, which can carry a sentence of three years to as much as life imprisonment.
The most common conspiracy theory (which, it should be said, Trump never publicly condoned), was that President Obama was actually born in Kenya, not the U.S., and thus was ineligible to be president.
Sager also was charged with felony tampering with evidence, and Mary faces two conspiracy counts.
Sunstein is surely right that conspiracy theories can take root when like-minded groups hear only what circulates in their echo chambers.
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Origin and Etymology of conspiracy
Middle English conspiracie, from Latin conspirare —see conspire
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of conspiracy
CONSPIRACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conspiracy for English Language Learners
: 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
CONSPIRACY Defined for Kids
Definition of conspiracy for Students
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
Legal Definition of conspiracy
1 : an agreement between two or more people to commit an act prohibited by law or to commit a lawful act by means prohibited by law; also : the crime or tort of participating in a conspiracy — compare substantive crime Editor's note: Some states require an overt act in addition to the agreement to constitute conspiracy. chain conspiracy : a conspiracy in which the conspirators act separately and successively (as in distributing narcotics) civil conspiracy : a conspiracy that is not prosecuted as a crime but that forms the grounds for a lawsuit criminal conspiracy : a conspiracy prosecuted as a crime
2 : a group of conspirators
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