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Definition of "conspiracy" []

  • An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act. (noun)
  • A group of conspirators. (noun)
  • Law An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action. (noun)
  • A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design: a conspiracy of wind and tide that devastated coastal areas. (noun)
  • A secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The act of making such plans in secret (noun)

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Use "conspiracy" in a sentence
  • "It's a conspiracy theory about ­conspiracy theories, about the ­powerful ­mythology of the greatest crime of the American century."
  • "Your Palin conspiracy is in left field according to LL."
  • "Barrie Zwicker, Canadian media commentator and journalist: "At a certain point, the term conspiracy-theory becomes just an excuse not to do your homework.""