conspiracy theory

noun

Definition of conspiracy theory 

: a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators

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conspiracy theorist noun

Examples of conspiracy theory in a Sentence

Conspiracy theories sprung up soon after the leader's assassination.

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As his sometimes rocky career path demonstrates, Kavanaugh also has years of experience with Washington’s darker, partisan side, navigating conspiracy theories and congressional roadblocks. Michael Kranish And Ann E. Marimow, BostonGlobe.com, "From Clinton to Trump: How Brett Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 10 July 2018 As his sometimes rocky career path demonstrates, Kavanaugh also has years of experience with Washington’s darker, partisan side, navigating conspiracy theories and congressional roadblocks. Ann E. Marimow, The Seattle Times, "From Clinton to Trump: How Kavanaugh navigated through some of Washington’s biggest scandals," 9 July 2018 Mr Lynch betrays an affinity for spirituality, numerology, conspiracy theories and fate. The Economist, "David Lynch’s memoir illuminates the origins of his art," 14 June 2018 More broadly, Melania Trump has been a target of conspiracy theories and speculation throughout her time in the White House. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“Where’s Melania?” and the first lady’s return to the public eye, explained," 5 June 2018 After a few months filled with MAGA outbursts, conspiracy theories, and really confusing tweets, Kanye West's new album, the seven-song Ye, has dropped. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "The New Kanye Album Is Out and... 🤔," 1 June 2018 The_Donald has used its influence not just to push out Trump news but to spread conspiracy theories and false news reports. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Donald Glover Fans Have Taken Over a Pro-Trump Reddit Page," 22 May 2018 Upon a backdrop of political resentment, conspiracy theories and lofty expectations, the rhetoric of the 1998 World Cup final between France and Brazil reads more than simply a game of football. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go - France Claim Maiden World Cup on Home Soil With Win Over Brazil," 19 May 2018 Soros is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories and backing Antifa is one of them, though there appears to be no record of him doing that. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Billionaire George Soros brings winning record to San Diego DA race," 9 May 2018

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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conspiracy theory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conspiracy theory

: a theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups

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