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1 a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act [syn: confederacy]
2 a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot) [syn: cabal]
3 a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose [syn: confederacy]

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It is generally accepted that conspire comes from the Latin roots con, with, and spirare, to breathe—so to conspire literally means 'to breathe together'.


  1. act of two or more persons, conspirators, working in secret to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations.
  2. an agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future.
  3. a group of ravens

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act of working in secret to obtain some goal

Extensive Definition

Conspiracy may refer to a alternative version or plot to a story:

Types of conspiracies

  • Cabal, an association between religious, political, or tribal officials to further their own ends, usually by intrigue
  • Conspiracy (civil), agreement between persons to break the law in the future
  • Conspiracy (crime), agreement between persons to break the law in the future, in some cases having committed an act to further that agreement
  • Conspiracy (political), a plot to overthrow a government or other power

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Other meanings

conspiracy in German: Verschwörung
conspiracy in Spanish: Conspiración
conspiracy in French: Conspiration
conspiracy in Dutch: Samenzwering
conspiracy in Finnish: Salaliitto
conspiracy in Swedish: Konspiration

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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