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con·spir·a·cy

 (kən-spîr′ə-sē)
n. pl. con·spir·a·cies
1. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
2. A group of conspirators.
3. Law An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
4. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design: a conspiracy of wind and tide that devastated coastal areas.

[Middle English conspiracie, from Anglo-Norman, probably alteration of Old French conspiration, from Latin cōnspīrātiō, cōnspīrātiōn-, from cōnspīrātus, past participle of cōnspīrāre, to conspire; see conspire.]

conspiracy

(kənˈspɪrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot
2. the act of making such plans in secret
conˈspirator n
conspiratorial, conˈspiratory adj
conˌspiraˈtorially adv

con•spir•a•cy

(kənˈspɪr ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the act of conspiring.
2. a plan or agreement formulated, esp. in secret, by two or more persons to commit an unlawful, harmful, or treacherous act.
3. a group of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose.
[1325–75; Middle English conspiracie, probably < Anglo-French; see conspire, -acy]
con•spir′a•tive, adj.
con•spir`a•to′ri•al (-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) con•spir′a•to`ry, adj.
con•spir`a•to′ri•al•ly, adv.
syn: conspiracy, plot, intrigue, cabal refer to surreptitious or covert schemes to accomplish some end, most often an illegal or evil one. A conspiracy usu. describes a treacherous or illicit plan formulated in secret by a group of persons: a conspiracy to control prices; a conspiracy of silence. A plot is a carefully planned secret scheme formulated by one or more persons: a plot to seize control of a company. An intrigue usu. involves duplicity and deceit aimed at achieving personal advantage: the petty intrigues of civil servants. cabal usu. refers to a scheme formulated by a small group of highly placed persons to gain control of a government: The regime was overthrown by a cabal of generals.

Conspiracy

 a body or band of conspirators, 1386.
Examples: conspiracy of graces, 1580; of honesty and virtues, 1538; of things, 1691.

Conspiracy

 

hand in glove Intimately associated, on very familiar terms; closely related or connected; in cahoots, in conspiracy. Literary use of the expression dates from the late 17th century when it was properly hand and glove, a form now rarely heard. In contemporary usage the expression often carries connotations of illicit or improper association.

in cahoots In league or in partnership; in conspiracy; also to go in cahoots or cahoot with, meaning to join up with, to become partners; and go cahoots meaning to share equally. This U.S. slang expression, dating from 1829, is said to have derived from the kind of partnership that was expected of early American pioneers who shared a frontier cabin, or engaged in a joint venture. Originally, the phrase may have come from the French cahute ‘cabin, hut,’ although Dutch kajuit and German kajüte have also been suggested as possibilities.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conspiracy - a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
conspiracy of silence - a conspiracy not to talk about some situation or event; "there was a conspiracy of silence about police brutality"
agreement, understanding - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"
2.conspiracy - a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
plot, secret plan, game - a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start"
Gunpowder Plot - a conspiracy in 1605 in England to blow up James I and the Houses of Parliament to avenge the persecution of Catholics in England; led by Guy Fawkes
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
3.conspiracy - a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
band, circle, lot, set - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
coconspirator, conspirator, machinator, plotter - a member of a conspiracy

conspiracy

noun plot, scheme, intrigue, collusion, confederacy, cabal, frame-up (slang), machination, league Many people believe there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy in 1963.

conspiracy

noun
A secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:
Translations
مؤامرةمُؤَامَرَةمُؤامَرَه، تَآمُر
spiknutí
sammensværgelse
salaliitto
zavjeraurota
samsæri
陰謀
음모
zarota
konspiration
การวางแผนการอย่างลับๆ
âm mưu

conspiracy

[kənˈspɪrəsɪ]
A. N (= plotting) → conspiración f, conjuración f; (= plot) → complot m, conjura f
B. CPD conspiracy theory Nteoría f de la conspiración

conspiracy

[kənˈspɪrəsi] nconspiration f, complot m
a conspiracy of silence → une conspiration du silenceconspiracy theory nthèse f du complot

conspiracy

nVerschwörung f, → Komplott nt, → Konspiration f (form); (Jur) → (strafbare) Verabredung; conspiracy to defraudVerabredung fzum Betrug; conspiracy to murderMordkomplott nt; a conspiracy of silenceein verabredetes Schweigen; he thinks it’s all a conspiracy against himer meint, man hätte sich gegen ihn verschworen

conspiracy

[kənˈspɪrəsɪ] ncospirazione f, congiura

conspire

(kənˈspaiə) verb
to plot or secretly make plans together. They conspired with the terrorists to overthrow the government.
conˈspiracy (-ˈspi-) plural conˈspiracies noun
(a plan made by) conspiring. The government discovered the conspiracy in time.
conˈspirator (-ˈspi-) noun
a person who conspires.

conspiracy

مُؤَامَرَة spiknutí sammensværgelse Verschwörung συνωμοσία conspiración salaliitto complot zavjera cospirazione 陰謀 음모 samenzwering sammensvergelse spisek conspiração заговор konspiration การวางแผนการอย่างลับๆ komplo âm mưu 密谋
References in classic literature ?
Machiavelli's strong condemnation of conspiracies may get its edge from his own very recent experience (February 1513), when he had been arrested and tortured for his alleged complicity in the Boscoli conspiracy.
Yea, sun, moon, and stars were all in the conspiracy to lie to her of the loveliness of the world and the good intentions of life.
Commotions also arise in aristocracies, from there being so few persons in power (as we have already observed they do in oligarchies, for in this particular an aristocracy is most near an oligarchy, for in both these states the administration of public affairs is in the hands of a few; not that this arises from the same cause in both, though herein they chiefly seem alike): and these will necessarily be most likely to happen when the generality of the people are high-spirited and think themselves equal to each other in merit; such were those at Lacedasmon, called the Partheniae (for these were, as well as others, descendants of citizens), who being detected in a conspiracy against the state, were sent to found Tarentum.
Question the first: Was the Colonel's Diamond the object of a conspiracy in India?
I have conspired against the king; that conspiracy has failed, and, at this moment, I am doubtless pursued.
Be on your guard, friend Gryphus; be on your guard as long as you please; my conspiracy, as well as my person, is entirely at your service.
My closest observations of her detected but one serious result of the conspiracy which had once threatened her reason and her life.
No confidences, Watson; for they are mighty awkward if it comes to an arrest for conspiracy and murder.
Fouquet; Belle-Isle is being fortified: that is a conspiracy on the part of M.
He is needed for the place that awaits him, and so almost apart from his will and despite his indecision, his lack of a plan, and all his mistakes, he is drawn into a conspiracy that aims at seizing power and the conspiracy is crowned with success.
Thus far, his reading had only informed him that the conspiracy had been planned.
He was of opinion that the critical condition of this gentleman's health might exercise an important influence on the future progress of the conspiracy.