con·​spir·​a·​to·​ri·​al | \kən-ˌspir-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of conspiratorial 

: of, relating to, or suggestive of a conspiracy

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conspiratorially \kən-​ˌspir-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of conspiratorial in a Sentence

She gave me a conspiratorial smile across the table. His voice became low and conspiratorial.

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The Expanding Earth theory lingers today in the conspiratorial fringes of the internet. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 Other Facebook activity included posting conspiratorial or racist images like this one: A plethora of fake Twitter accounts — on both sides of the political spectrum All of this might sound a whole lot like what Trump might like to hear. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Justice Department charges Russian national with conspiring to interfere with 2018 midterms," 19 Oct. 2018 Facebook has come under fire for allowing Alex Jones and his conspiratorial content to live on its social network with few consequences (until now). Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Alex Jones slammed with 30-day ban from Facebook for hateful videos [Update]," 27 July 2018 So the conventional wisdom became that Foer’s piece was probably wrong, and that’s remained the case even after Trump-Russia links started looking a lot less conspiratorial. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The past 48 hours in Mueller investigation news, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 Thus Antitrust was born — a convoluted thriller that, looking back, is both cynically conspiratorial and surprisingly optimistic about the future of Big Tech. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Looking back at Antitrust, the movie where Bill Gates murders coders," 7 Sep. 2018 Beck’s flair for conspiratorial, right-wing rants were largely seen as a precursor to the Trumpism that has overtaken conservatism in recent years. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Liberal hostility toward Trump aides could galvanize the GOP base," 25 June 2018 The reality of the situation in Zug was almost certainly less archly conspiratorial than the dossier alleged, but the problem of business as usual was precisely the point. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 That many of them settled in the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir adds a patina of plausibility to this conspiratorial take. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Fear of Islam Leads India to Snub Refugees," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of conspiratorial

1855, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Legal Definition of conspiratorial 

: of, relating to, or suggestive of a conspiracy

Other Words from conspiratorial

conspiratorially adverb

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