Definition of conspiracy in English:


Line breaks: con¦spir|acy
Pronunciation: /kənˈspɪrəsi

noun (plural conspiracies)


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 steelworks
More 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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