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

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

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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 His rhetoric was conspiratorial but contained insights into real problems with the American system; Norm argued that white liberals contributed to racial poverty, and cited the Black Panthers as an inspiration for his movement. Daniel Southwell, Vox, "My teen years were spent in radical right-wing groups. The paranoia was intoxicating.," 24 Apr. 2018 All of this is fiction, wrapped in the same conspiratorial gauze as countless other viral pseudoscience clips—but the McGill video cops to it just 40 seconds in. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Skewered Bad Science—and Went Viral Itself," 10 July 2018 The military's engagement with flying saucers isn't just conspiratorial. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "70 Years and Counting, the UFO Phenomenon Is as Mysterious As Ever," 2 July 2018 To a certain subset of internet users, there’s no such thing as a coincidence, and that same mindset has led a few people down a different, darkly conspiratorial path. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Red Hen restaurants around the world are getting blamed for kicking out Sarah Sanders," 26 June 2018 In Spain, Hinds receive a hero's welcome now but for years the country's mood towards them felt conspiratorial. Eve Barlow, GQ, "15 Hours With Hinds, Spain's Wildest Rock Band," 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 \

Legal Definition of conspiratorial 

: of, relating to, or suggestive of a conspiracy

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conspiratorially adverb

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