con·​spir·​a·​tor | \ kən-ˈspir-ə-tər \

Definition of conspirator

: one who conspires : plotter

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Hoopsick, who was never officially deemed a conspirator, could not be reached for comment by TIME. Melissa Chan, Time, "What to Know About the Shocking Case Behind Netflix's True Crime Docuseries Evil Genius," 11 May 2018 Lawyers for another alleged conspirator, Ammar al Baluchi, argue the war began when U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan in Oct. 7, 2001, and plan to likewise later challenge the judge to set an alternative start date. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "America was at war with al-Qaida by 9/11, judge rules. When did it start? Stay tuned. | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 The alleged conspirators combined a variety of hacking techniques to mount a highly effective campaign. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Feds: Chinese spies orchestrated massive hack that stole aviation secrets," 31 Oct. 2018 Their goal is to get the news media to negate that frame — and negate the conspirators who are propagating that frame. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks," 18 Sep. 2018 The conspirators corresponded with several Americans through the internet. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet," 13 July 2018 The conspirators would not live or rule for very long; most would die by sabotage and assassination. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 Some wore masks of Guy Fawkes, the British conspirator. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "As China censors 'Tank Man' anniversary, protestors re-enact iconic demonstration near Tiananmen Square," 4 June 2018 There are some police missteps, but overall the conspirators either all died over a decade ago or ended up in jail. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Evil Genius Is a True Crime Show About the Strangest Bank Robbery Ever," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of conspirator

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of conspirator

: a person who is involved in a secret plan to do something harmful or illegal : a person who is involved in a conspiracy


con·​spir·​a·​tor | \ kən-ˈspir-ə-tər \

Kids Definition of conspirator

: a person who plots with others to do something harmful or unlawful


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Legal Definition of conspirator

: one who conspires

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