Definition of conspiracy in English:

conspiracy

noun

  • 1A secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.

    ‘a conspiracy to destroy the government’
    • ‘Oh, and his predecessor was probably murdered as part of some massive conspiracy.’
    • ‘So I suppose this makes me a member of the international neocon conspiracy as well as an evil shill for the oil industry.’
    • ‘It is loaded with danger, physical and financial, and comes with a hint of conspiracy.’
    • ‘The problem with conspiracy theories is that they give people who spot real conspiracies a bad name.’
    • ‘In this case, propaganda was a weapon of tremendous importance to this conspiracy.’
    • ‘If the uncovered ‘secrets’ involve grand conspiracies, so much the better.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I think we believe in conspiracies because they provide comfort.’
    • ‘I have not seen the signs of corruption and conspiracy of which the father speaks in going through the papers.’
    • ‘You can go on forever trying to prove there's some conspiracy, some plot.’
    • ‘But to say that history cannot be explained by conspiracy does not mean that there are no conspiracies in history.’
    • ‘We are part of the same sordid conspiracy against public understanding.’
    • ‘They often doubt each other's intentions and accuse each other of hatching conspiracies.’
    • ‘Belief in plots and conspiracies was yet another sign of the credulity of the times.’
    • ‘In brief, the claimant has managed to convince himself that he is the victim of a Jewish judicial conspiracy.’
    • ‘Where there were kings, queens, palaces there ought to be intrigues, conspiracies and secret tunnels.’
    • ‘The third fact of the matter is that it's not some sinister conspiracy.’
    • ‘We're all conspiratorial minded in America because there are so many conspiracies.’
    • ‘They were the ones who uncovered conspiracies, unmasked the wrongdoers and alerted the world to crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘The tacit conspiracy is the cause; the secret conspiracies are the symptoms.’
    • ‘This documentary itself is part of another conspiracy, that of the left.’
    plot, scheme, stratagem, plan, machination, cabal
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    1. 1.1 The action of plotting or conspiring.
      ‘they were cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice’
      • ‘If this act is committed by an individual acting alone it will also escape the offence of conspiracy to defraud.’
      • ‘Two women and seven men have been arrested for theft and conspiracy to defraud.’
      • ‘She is serving three-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.’
      • ‘It will decide whether charges of forgery and conspiracy to defraud should be brought.’
      • ‘There seem to be few prosecutions for conspiracy to defraud directed at public officials.’
      • ‘Seven men have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burglary, and another is wanted by police.’
      • ‘She was cleared of misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply a class A drug.’
      • ‘The Fourth and Fifth Defendants colluded in conspiracy to defraud for their own personal gains.’
      • ‘Three other gang members were jailed for between two and four years while a fourth was cleared of conspiracy.’
      • ‘Both have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud and making a false instrument.’
      • ‘He had previously admitted conspiracy to do acts tending or intending to pervert the course of justice.’
      • ‘The second man is also being held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.’
      • ‘He faces charges of attempted murder and aiding the enemy and conspiracy to commit war crimes.’
      • ‘He also faces charges of conspiracy to commit burglaries and steal motor vehicles in West Yorkshire.’
      • ‘He was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud and 10 of corruptly offering money.’
      • ‘They are each accused of conspiracy to defraud the Returning Officer of Burnley Borough Council.’
      • ‘The five accused men, three from the company and two customers, all deny a charge of conspiracy to defraud.’
      • ‘One recent suit charges him with kidnapping minors and conspiracy to commit genocide.’
      • ‘Charges of conspiracy to defraud and two of conspiracy to obtain a money transfer by deception were left on the file.’
      • ‘Tamper with a witness and see how you would go on a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.’
      plotting, collusion, intrigue, connivance, machination, collaboration
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French conspiracie, alteration of Old French conspiration, based on Latin conspirare agree, plot (see conspire).

Pronunciation:

conspiracy

/kənˈspirəsē/