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conspiracy

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of conspiracy

  1. 1 a group involved in secret or criminal activities members of the conspiracy recognized each other by a secret handshake Synonyms of conspiracy cabal, ring, crew, gang, Mafia, mob, syndicateWords Related to conspiracy bunch, circle, clan, clique, coterie, coven, crowd, galère, lot, network, pack, set; junta, oligarchy

  2. 2 a secret agreement or cooperation between two parties for an illegal or dishonest purpose a conspiracy among the leading manufacturers to fix prices Synonyms of conspiracy complicity, connivance, collusionWords Related to conspiracy chicanery, foul play, skulduggery (or skullduggery); double-dealing, duplicity; cover-up, frame-up, setup; conspiration, intrigue, plot, scheme

  3. 3 a secret plan for accomplishing evil or unlawful ends several generals were engaged in a conspiracy to overthrow the government Synonyms of conspiracy plot, design, intrigue, machination, schemeWords Related to conspiracy counterconspiracy, counterplot; frame-up; manipulation, subterfuge, trickery; artifice, contrivance, cover-up, dodge, draft, maneuver, stratagem, trick; cabal, confederacy, ring; game, gimmick, racket; ground plan, program, strategy, system; collusion, complicity, connivance, conniving, conspiration

Synonym Discussion of conspiracy

plot, intrigue, machination, conspiracy, cabal mean a plan secretly devised to accomplish an evil or treacherous end. plot implies careful foresight in planning a complex scheme.
    • an assassination plot
intrigue suggests secret underhanded maneuvering in an atmosphere of duplicity.
    • backstairs intrigue
machination implies a contriving of annoyances, injuries, or evils by indirect means.
    • the machinations of a party boss
conspiracy implies a secret agreement among several people usually involving treason or great treachery.
    • a conspiracy to fix prices
cabal typically applies to political intrigue involving persons of some eminence.
    • a cabal among powerful senators


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