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’
    • ‘It is not necessary to smash whichever city they are having their sinister and conspiratorial conferences in.’
    • ‘He had many names during his largely underground, conspiratorial life.’
    • ‘We are introduced to the resident amnesiac, who is hurled into a conspiratorial crisis of immediate proportions.’
    • ‘It makes people serving on public boards look conspiratorial, and it makes people on other boards appear boorish.’
    • ‘The year is 2007, and the world has been taken over by a conspiratorial group known as the Electromagnetic Order.’
    • ‘This report will not be joked about on their websites as "conspiratorial propaganda."’
    • ‘The communication, cooperation, and even conspiratorial planning between the components of the monopoly are unquestionable.’
    • ‘It involves alien abductions, extraterrestrials with very loud voices, and a lot of silly Feds running around looking conspiratorial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One step more, he fears, and the nation will become in fact what it is already—a secular republic governed by conspiratorial elites.’
    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’
      • ‘The professor would lean forward and then speak in a hushed, conspiratorial voice.’
      • ‘His voice dropped to a conspiratorial mumble.’
      • ‘She glanced over at me with a conspiratorial grin.’
      • ‘He seemed happy to dismiss these arguments with a conspiratorial smile.’
      • ‘Unabashedly direct, the productions revel in their own faux facade with an almost conspiratorial glee.’
      • ‘She can wax almost grotesquely histrionic, yet carry it off with conspiratorial facial play and infectious body language.’
      • ‘She dropped her voice to a conspiratorial whisper.’
      • ‘When asked if she's read her New York reviews, she admits with a conspiratorial laugh, "Some of them."’
      • ‘His voice became flippant, a distinct change from his previous, conspiratorial tone.’
      • ‘I nodded, fixing him with a conspiratorial stare.’