con·​spir·​a·​tor | \ kən-ˈspir-ə-tər How to pronounce conspirator (audio) \

Definition of conspirator

: one who conspires : plotter

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President Donald Trump’s comments about a U.S. Army deserter and a suspected New York City terrorist sparked a debate Thursday at the pre-trial of the alleged conspirators of the 9/11 attacks. Fox News, "Trump tweets about Bergdahl, alleged NYC attacker could affect case against alleged 9/11 conspirators, lawyers argue," 11 Sep. 2018 His biggest co-conspirators might be the next group. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Been a Lousy Week in Politics, and Some of It Is Obama’s Fault," 29 June 2018 With systematic precision, Mr. McLellan and his conspirators added secret commissions to securities trades and took steps to conceal the scheme. Danny Mcdonald,, "Former State Street executive convicted on fraud charges," 27 June 2018 Emails and text messages included in the court documents outline the exchanges between Bell and his co-conspirator in Massachusetts. Ruth Bruno,, "Lakeville Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Endangered Sperm Whale Teeth From Ukraine," 6 June 2018 It’s 3-year-old colt Brave Helios, owned in part by my co-conspirator, back-up newsletter writer, Eric (Manny Mota) Sondheimer. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Guess who’s returning to racing on Thursday?," 17 May 2018 Ramos and his co-conspirators required a personal reference from an existing client to obtain a Phantom Secure device. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "CEO who sold phones with “totally unbreakable encryption” takes plea deal," 3 Oct. 2018 Early on the morning March 23, 2010, Rockwell and a group of co-conspirators killed store clerk Daniel Rojas and deliveryman Jerry Burnett, according to court records. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Execution dates set for two convicted killers from Tarrant County," 16 May 2018 That co-conspirator was described only as a consultant for Adidas and its high school and college basketball programs and is accused of conspiring in attempts to funnel money to the families of Louisville, NC State and Kansas basketball recruits. Chris White, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Adidas team director pleads guilty and will cooperate in college basketball corruption case," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conspirator

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of conspirator

: a person who is involved in a secret plan to do something harmful or illegal : a person who is involved in a conspiracy


con·​spir·​a·​tor | \ kən-ˈspir-ə-tər How to pronounce conspirator (audio) \

Kids Definition of conspirator

: a person who plots with others to do something harmful or unlawful


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Legal Definition of conspirator

: one who conspires

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