conspiracy

A conspiracy is a secret agreement between two or more people to commit an unlawful or harmful act. Conspiracy theorists are people who believe that the government is secretly controlled by power brokers in flagrant violation of the constitution.

Conspiracy can also refer to the act of planning an unlawful or harmful act: Terrorists might be accused of organizing a conspiracy to overthrow the government. Conspiracy is ultimately from Latin cōnspīrāre "to agree or plot together, literally to breathe together." The corresponding English verb is conspire.

Definitions of conspiracy
  1. noun
    a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
    synonyms: cabal
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    types:
    Gunpowder Plot
    a conspiracy in 1605 in England to blow up James I and the Houses of Parliament to avenge the persecution of Catholics in England; led by Guy Fawkes
    type of:
    game, plot, secret plan
    a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
  2. noun
    a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
    synonyms: confederacy
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    types:
    conspiracy of silence
    a conspiracy not to talk about some situation or event
    type of:
    agreement, understanding
    the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
  3. noun
    a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
    synonyms: confederacy
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    type of:
    band, circle, lot, set
    an unofficial association of people or groups
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