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.

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Instead of ignoring the conspiratorial yo-yos, as other grieving parents initially did, Pozner got his Brooklyn ire up and pushed back. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: The recent court victory against the Sandy Hook deniers has a Saintly City connection," 28 June 2019 But, in hindsight, a lot of those violations seemed nitpicky rather than conspiratorial. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Little question that Quicken Loans notched a big win in bad loans case," 19 June 2019 If there is insufficient evidence that a conspiratorial enterprise existed, a prosecutor has no business speculating on motives in a politically provocative manner. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Lessons of the Mueller Probe," 12 June 2019 Conservative media turned Trump’s conspiratorial subtext into text; anti-Semitic social media subsequently turned that subtext into text. Dara Lind, Vox, "The conspiracy theory that led to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, explained," 29 Oct. 2018 Barr, the highest prosecutor in the U.S., is indubitably guilty of felony contempt of Congress and conspiratorial collusion with the White House to undermine constitutional law. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Impeaching Barr the best path to remove Trump," 6 June 2019 Such a state of affairs lends itself to lines of thinking that are at once conspiratorial and completely rational. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 Online and in person, these viewpoints have remained deeply embedded within the conspiratorial far right. Jane Coaston, Vox, "How the rise of conspiracy theory politics emboldens anti-Semitism," 31 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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