Definition of conspiratorial in English:



  • 1Relating to or suggestive of a secret plan made by a group of people to do something unlawful or harmful.

    ‘there are several who think this is some sort of vast conspiratorial plot on the part of the press’
    ‘historians have rejected this thesis as conspiratorial and simplistic’
    • ‘He had many names during his largely underground, conspiratorial life.’
    • ‘It is not necessary to smash whichever city they are having their sinister and conspiratorial conferences in.’
    • ‘It involves alien abductions, extraterrestrials with very loud voices, and a lot of silly Feds running around looking conspiratorial.’
    • ‘This report will not be joked about on their websites as "conspiratorial propaganda."’
    • ‘One step more, he fears, and the nation will become in fact what it is already—a secular republic governed by conspiratorial elites.’
    • ‘It makes people serving on public boards look conspiratorial, and it makes people on other boards appear boorish.’
    • ‘A distinguished playwright who has written a number of fine political dramas, he never descends to the paranoid conspiratorial theories so typical of that genre.’
    • ‘The year is 2007, and the world has been taken over by a conspiratorial group known as the Electromagnetic Order.’
    • ‘The communication, cooperation, and even conspiratorial planning between the components of the monopoly are unquestionable.’
    • ‘We are introduced to the resident amnesiac, who is hurled into a conspiratorial crisis of immediate proportions.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person’s manner or behaviour) suggesting that they share secret knowledge with another person.
      ‘he gave me a sly, conspiratorial wink’
      • ‘She can wax almost grotesquely histrionic, yet carry it off with conspiratorial facial play and infectious body language.’
      • ‘Unabashedly direct, the productions revel in their own faux facade with an almost conspiratorial glee.’
      • ‘The professor would lean forward and then speak in a hushed, conspiratorial voice.’
      • ‘She glanced over at me with a conspiratorial grin.’
      • ‘When asked if she's read her New York reviews, she admits with a conspiratorial laugh, "Some of them."’
      • ‘I nodded, fixing him with a conspiratorial stare.’
      • ‘His voice dropped to a conspiratorial mumble.’
      • ‘She dropped her voice to a conspiratorial whisper.’
      • ‘His voice became flippant, a distinct change from his previous, conspiratorial tone.’
      • ‘He seemed happy to dismiss these arguments with a conspiratorial smile.’