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.

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. Anita Waters:

    Conspiracy theories become more believable once you have heard the story of Tuskegee.

  2. Henry James:

    It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self- conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.

  3. Douglas Cobb:

    I withdrew once I found out a little more about who was involved, Cyber Ninjas and Logan and his conspiracy theories.

  4. Mike Marinella:

    Barnes’ comments are comical, he has repeatedly spread conspiracy theories and denied election results himself.

  5. Antony Dapiran:

    The government and police created a very ripe environment for conspiracy theories to flourish in.

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