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 conspiratorial (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 The extensive news coverage of Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard has led some to engage in conspiratorial thinking. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 The extremes of Coleman's alleged conspiratorial thinking are detailed in a 30-page application for a search warrant obtained by PEOPLE, which was released on March 28. Steve Helling,, 11 Apr. 2022 Well, this is a conservative activist who went pretty far down the rabbit hole of conspiratorial thinking and apocalyptic thinking, and was encouraged by then President Trump to believe a lot of nonsense about what had happened in the 2020 election. ABC News, 27 Mar. 2022 But his statement on vaccines — that sometimes, medicine is the best medicine — put him directly at odds with many of his fans, and thrust him into the ugly, conspiratorial fight over vaccination roiling the online worlds of wellness and nutrition. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Globalism, a term now used by the conspiratorial and white supremacist right, was first a description of Hitlerian-Germanic dreams to conquer the world—and then foreign policy shorthand for international engagement and responsibility. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 While there have been conspiratorial claims stating that at least some members of the crowd were Antifa or even undercover FBI agents, Gonell dismissed that idea and suggested Trump was primarily responsible for the events that unfolded. Tim O'donnell, The Week, 27 July 2021 Incendiary, conspiratorial posts tend to spread like wildfire, encouraging people to spend more time and engage with more content. Allison Morrow, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 But contrary to online misinformation and conspiratorial social media posts, infectious-disease experts say Iceland's outbreak actually illustrates how effective the vaccines are at preventing the virus's most severe impacts., 15 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 May. 2022.

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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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