con·​spir·​a·​to·​ri·​al | \ kən-ˌspir-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce conspiratorial (audio) \

Definition of conspiratorial

: of, relating to, or suggestive of a conspiracy

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conspiratorially \ kən-​ˌspir-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce conspiratorially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of conspiratorial in a Sentence

She gave me a conspiratorial smile across the table. His voice became low and conspiratorial.
Recent Examples on the Web Coombs answered that Wednesday with a conspiratorial tale of sitting in defensive meeting rooms in 2012 and 2013 with Mike Vrabel, as co-coordinators Luke Fickell and Everett Withers spun plans at the front of the room. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Kerry Coombs has goosebumps back at Ohio State, so why did he ever leave?," 5 Feb. 2020 But the show is also in synch with conspiratorial fears about American justice, the sense that there’s no way to wear the badge without being stained. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "The Incendiary Aims of HBO’s “Watchmen”," 2 Dec. 2019 Adams’s work initially appealed to conspiratorial elements present within both the right and the left. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Who’s Afraid of David Hogg?," 6 Apr. 2018 His timing is, as always, cobra-strike precise; his smile is both conspiratorial and expansive. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The 10 Best Movie Performances of 2019," 26 Nov. 2019 His face was lit with a broad conspiratorial smile. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "The Circus Comes to the House Impeachment Inquiry," 29 Oct. 2019 One protester filed a lawsuit against the rally's organizers claiming conspiratorial activity had caused violence against minorities. NBC News, "St. Louis prosecutor alleges violations of KKK Act in lawsuit against city," 14 Jan. 2020 In the past, conspiratorial thinking has seemed to compound this mistrust. Joshua Pease, Popular Mechanics, "How You've Been Conditioned to Love Conspiracy Theories," 17 Dec. 2019 Craigmillar was the site at which a conspiratorial plot was hatched to kill Mary’s first husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, in 1566. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Job Hunting? How About Working at a Stunning Scottish Castle?," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of conspiratorial

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Conspiratorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conspiratorial

: involving a secret plan by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal : of or relating to a conspiracy
: suggesting that something secret is being shared


con·​spir·​a·​tor·​i·​al | \ kən-ˈspir-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce conspiratorial (audio) \

Legal Definition of conspiratorial

: of, relating to, or suggestive of a conspiracy

Other Words from conspiratorial

conspiratorially adverb

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