conspiracy of silence

noun phrase

: a secret agreement to keep silent about an occurrence, situation, or subject especially in order to promote or protect selfish interests

Examples of conspiracy of silence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there is a silver lining to all this: both Musharraf’s indictment and Mir’s defiance may mean that the military can no longer take for granted the conspiracy of silence that surrounds its unlawful actions. Aqil Shah, Foreign Affairs, 30 Apr. 2014 Consumed by their own suffering, most people simply didn’t want to know, and a conspiracy of silence was established. Giles Harvey, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conspiracy of silence was in 1865

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“Conspiracy of silence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conspiracy%20of%20silence. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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