from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
- n. A group of conspirators.
- n. Law An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
- n. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design: a conspiracy of wind and tide that devastated coastal areas.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of two or more persons, called conspirators, working secretly to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations.
- n. An agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future.
- n. A group of ravens.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A combination of people for an evil purpose; an agreement, between two or more persons, to commit a crime in concert, as treason; a plot.
- n. A concurence or general tendency, as of circumstances, to one event, as if by agreement.
- n. An agreement, manifesting itself in words or deeds, by which two or more persons confederate to do an unlawful act, or to use unlawful to do an act which is lawful; confederacy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A combination of persons for an evil purpose; an agreement between two or more persons to commit in concert something reprehensible, injurious, or illegal; particularly, a combination to commit treason, or excite sedition or insurrection; a plot; concerted treason.
- n. Hence Any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.
- n. Synonyms Intrigue, cabal, machination.
- n. An ancient writ which was issued against parties alleged to be guilty of a conspiracy to indict a party for treason or a felony.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
- n. a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
- n. a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
Middle English conspiracie, from Anglo-Norman, probably alteration of Old French conspiration, from Latin cōnspīrātiō, cōnspīrātiōn-, from cōnspīrātus, past participle of cōnspīrāre, to conspire; see conspire.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The verb conspire generally accepted of coming from the Latin roots con ("with"), and spiro ("I breathe") — so 'to conspire' literally means 'to breathe together'. (Wiktionary)