Conspiracy



[kuh n-spir-uh-see] /kənˈspɪr ə si/

noun, plural conspiracies.
1.
the act of .
2.
an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
3.
a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose:
He joined the conspiracy to overthrow the government.
4.
Law. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
5.
any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.
/kənˈspɪrəsɪ/
noun (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
n.

mid-14c., from Anglo-French conspiracie, Old French conspiracie “conspiracy, plot,” from Latin conspirationem (nominative conspiratio) “agreement, union, unanimity,” noun of action from conspirare (see conspire); earlier in same sense was conspiration (early 14c.), from French conspiration (13c.), from Latin conspirationem. An Old English word for it was facengecwis. As a term in law, from 1863. Conspiracy theory is from 1909.

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  • Conspiration

    [kon-spuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn spəˈreɪ ʃən/ noun 1. joint effort. 2. Obsolete. .



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  • Conspirator

    [kuh n-spir-uh-ter] /kənˈspɪr ə tər/ noun 1. a person who takes part in a ; plotter. n. c.1400, conspyratour, from Old French conspirateur, from Latin conspiratorem (nominative conspiratorio), noun of action from conspirat-, past participle stem of conspirare (see conspire). Fem. form conspiratress is from mid-18c. Related: Conspiratorial; conspiratorially; conspiratory.



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