noun (plural conspiracies)
- The tacit conspiracy is the cause; the secret conspiracies are the symptoms.
- Where there were kings, queens, palaces there ought to be intrigues, conspiracies and secret tunnels.
- If the uncovered ‘secrets’ involve grand conspiracies, so much the better.
- She is serving three-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
- Tamper with a witness and see how you would go on a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
- The second man is also being held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
a conspiracy of silence
- An agreement to say nothing about an issue that should be generally known: the ministers took part in a conspiracy of silence over the decision to close the steelworksMore example sentences
- There's a conspiracy of silence around this issue.
- There were also calls to revive the issues that had been subject to a debilitating conspiracy of silence.
- In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French conspiracie, alteration of Old French conspiration, based on Latin conspirare 'agree, plot' (see conspire).
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