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

Definition of conspirator 

: one who conspires : plotter

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More malevolent is the 1865 wanted poster for conspirators in the murder of Abraham Lincoln. John Kelly, Washington Post, "His name was ‘Alexander Hamilton.’ New exhibits recount his words and deeds.," 27 June 2018 That year, a man walked into a bank with a bomb locked onto his neck; the F.B.I. was led on a wild-goose chase by the conspirators in order to remove it. New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition’ and ‘Evil Genius’," 11 May 2018 Gaffney also admitted signing blank forms that were then copied by other co-conspirators, the government said. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "'Nobody should be comfortable.' Shore prescription probe closing in on targets large and small," 3 May 2018 Many within Venezuela have cast doubt on the legitimacy of his attacks, seeing them as a potential ruse to support Maduro’s assertion the nation is regularly assaulted by opposition conspirators, though some friends have spoken in his defense. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Venezuela forces launch assault against rebel police officers | Miami Herald," 15 Jan. 2018 Her confession sparked the indictment of seven other conspirators. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Sexism," 12 Apr. 2018 Durst’s wife of 35 years, comedian and live theater director Debi Durst, is both partner and co-conspirator. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Standup political comic Will Durst makes sure his career isn’t going places," 27 May 2018 Counterterrorism investigators want to know if the assailant, identified by Chechnya's leader as Khamzat Azimov, had help or co-conspirators. Angela Charlton And Elaine Ganley,, "Parents, friend of Chechnya-born Paris attacker questioned," 13 May 2018 Counterterrorism investigators want to know if the assailant had help or co-conspirators. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "French police question parents, friend of Paris attacker," 13 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


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

Legal Definition of conspirator 

: one who conspires

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