con-spire

conspire

[kuhn-spahyuhr]
verb (used without object), conspired, conspiring.
1.
to agree together, especially secretly, to do something wrong, evil, or illegal: They conspired to kill the king.
2.
to act or work together toward the same result or goal.
verb (used with object), conspired, conspiring.
3.
to plot (something wrong, evil, or illegal).

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin conspīrāre to act in harmony, conspire, equivalent to con- con- + spīrāre to breathe; see spirant, spirit

conspirer, noun
conspiringly, adverb
nonconspiring, adjective
preconspire, verb, preconspired, preconspiring.
unconspired, adjective
unconspiring, adjective
unconspiringly, adverb

connive, conspire.


1. complot, intrigue. See plot. 2. combine, concur, cooperate.
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conspire (kənˈspaɪə)
 
vb (when intr, sometimes foll by against)
1.  to plan or agree on (a crime or harmful act) together in secret
2.  (intr) to act together towards some end as if by design: the elements conspired to spoil our picnic
 
[C14: from Old French conspirer, from Latin conspīrāre to plot together, literally: to breathe together, from spīrāre to breathe]
 
con'spirer
 
n
 
con'spiringly
 
adv

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conspire
c.1300, from O.Fr. conspirer, from L. conspirare "to agree, unite, plot," lit. "to breathe together," from com- "together" + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit).
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