conspiracy of silence

noun phrase

Definition of conspiracy of silence

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

First Known Use of conspiracy of silence

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conspiracy of silence was in 1865

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“Conspiracy of silence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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: a secret agreement made between two or more people to not talk about something

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