What does conspiracy mean?

Definitions for conspiracy
kənˈspɪr ə sicon·spir·a·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conspiracy, confederacynoun

    a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act

  2. conspiracy, cabalnoun

    a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)

  3. conspiracy, confederacynoun

    a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose


  1. conspiracynoun

    The act of two or more persons, called conspirators, working secretly to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations.

  2. conspiracynoun

    An agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future.

  3. conspiracynoun

    A group of ravens.

  4. Etymology: The verb conspire generally accepted of coming from the roots con, and spiro — so 'to conspire' literally means 'to breathe together'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Conspiracynoun

    Etymology: conspiratio, Latin.

    O conspiracy!
    Sham’st thou to shew thy dang’rous brow by night,
    When evils are most free? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    I had forgot that foul conspiracy
    Of the beast Caliban, and his confed’rates,
    Against my life. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    When scarce he had escap’d the blow
    Of faction and conspiracy,
    Death did his promis’d hopes destroy. Dryden.

    When the time now came that misery was ripe for him, there was a conspiracy in all heavenly and earthly things, to frame fit occasions to lead him unto it. Philip Sidney, b. ii.


  1. conspiracy

    A conspiracy is a secret plan or agreement between two or more individuals or parties to commit an unlawful or harmful act, typically on a large scale. The act targeted may be carried out in secret, often for personal gain or with the intent of disrupting normal operations or overthrowing an authority. Conspiracy also refers to the legal culpability for such acts. It is also used to describe theories that suggest certain events or situations are the result of such clandestine plots.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conspiracynoun

    a combination of men for an evil purpose; an agreement, between two or more persons, to commit a crime in concert, as treason; a plot

  2. Conspiracynoun

    a concurence or general tendency, as of circumstances, to one event, as if by agreement

  3. Conspiracynoun

    an agreement, manifesting itself in words or deeds, by which two or more persons confederate to do an unlawful act, or to use unlawful to do an act which is lawful; confederacy


  1. Conspiracy

    In criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime at some time in the future. Criminal law in some countries or for some conspiracies may require that at least one overt act must also have been undertaken in furtherance of that agreement, to constitute an offense. There is no limit on the number participating in the conspiracy and, in most countries, no requirement that any steps have been taken to put the plan into effect. For the purposes of concurrence, the actus reus is a continuing one and parties may join the plot later and incur joint liability and conspiracy can be charged where the co-conspirators have been acquitted or cannot be traced. Finally, repentance by one or more parties does not affect liability but may reduce their sentence.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conspiracy' in Nouns Frequency: #2764

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conspiracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conspiracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of conspiracy in a Sentence

  1. Hamilton Wright Mabi:

    Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

  2. Hassan Rouhani:

    The fall of the oil prices is not just something ordinary and economical, this is not due to only global recession, the main reason for it is (a) political conspiracy by certain countries against the interest of the region and the Islamic world and it is only in the interest of some other countries.

  3. Graham Brookie:

    One of the biggest trends that we saw throughout 2020 was this convergence of different types of conspiracy theories.

  4. Jeff Cohen:

    I'm not going to hide. I'm not going to allow Jeff Cohen to disappear because I do want to challenge other good people to stand up and say no. You know, if you don't know the other at all, it's easy to believe all of the stereotypes, all of the rumors, all of the conspiracy theories.

  5. John Bolton:

    If Rudy Giuliani had any character, I would say it's perfectly in character. It displeases Rudy Giuliani when reality doesn't conform to the image that Rudy Giuliani has of it, i do not expect Rudy Giuliani to go graciously. I do expect Rudy Giuliani to go. But I think pretty soon we'll get the stab in the back theories. We'll get the dark conspiracy theories continued. And Rudy Giuliani will make life as difficult as Rudy Giuliani can for the incoming Biden TransitionPeople of color administration.

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