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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His paranoid, conspiratorial quips about Western leaders like George Bush and Tony Blair are often reported on by international outlets. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Robert Mugabe has died leaving behind a conflicted legacy," 6 Sep. 2019 Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said in a statement to USA TODAY that military officials were aware of the event that aims to uncover what many people believe are conspiratorial secrets of the military installation in Nevada. Ed Komenda, USA TODAY, "Specter of 'Storm Area 51' leads second Nevada county to OK emergency order," 26 Aug. 2019 Is his terminal health condition now kept from the media in the conspiratorial fashion of Woodrow Wilson or FDR? Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2019 But research has shown that when people are fearful, oversimplified narratives, conspiratorial explanation, and messages that demonize others become far more effective. Claire Wardle, Scientific American, "Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder," 20 Aug. 2019 This has led to much conspiratorial thinking that liberal-leaning Silicon Valley is throttling their access in an effort to tip the scales of democracy. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 Ma said with a conspiratorial smile, his Staten Island accent slipping out. Jen Yamato,, "‘The Farewell’s’ Lulu Wang and Awkwafina want you to cry, then call your grandma," 11 July 2019 Extinguishing conspiratorial tendencies that plainly surface again and again will require more than just the public’s awareness that those tendencies exist. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism," 3 July 2019 And the feuds that might otherwise take place online happened live as a wide cast of the president’s controversial supporters, known for generating sometimes misleading or conspiratorial posts supporting Trump, gathered at the White House. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Trump's social media summit was a spectacle. Here are the real takeaways for Big Tech.," 12 July 2019

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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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