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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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 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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