American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. In legal usage a conspiracy is a combination of two or more persons, by some concerted action, to accomplish some criminal or unlawful purpose, or to accomplish some purpose not in itself criminal or unlawful by criminal or unlawful means. The term was formerly used in English law more specifically to designate an agreement between two or more persons falsely and maliciously to indict, or procure to be indicted, an innocent person of felony.
- 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.
- n. The act of two or more persons, called conspirators, working secretly to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations.
- n. law An agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future.
- n. A group of ravens.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Law) 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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
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“The word "conspiracy," a character notes, derives from the Latin for "breathe together.”
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