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

n a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)

Synonyms:
cabal
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)

n a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act

Synonyms:
confederacy
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

n a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose

Synonyms:
confederacy
Type of:
band, circle, lot, set
an unofficial association of people or groups

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