an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose:
He joined the conspiracy to overthrow the government.
Law. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.
1325–75; Middle English conspiracie,
probably < Anglo-French;
; replacing Middle English conspiracioun;
conspirative, adjectiveconspiratorial [kuh n-spir-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kənˌspɪr əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ Show IPA, conspiratory, adjectiveconspiratorially, adverbnonconspiratorial, adjectivepreconspiracy, noun, pluralpreconspiracies.
collusion, sedition. 2. Conspiracy, plot, intrigue, cabal
all refer to surreptitious or covert schemes to accomplish some end, most often an evil one. A conspiracy
usually involves a group entering into a secret agreement to achieve some illicit or harmful objective: a vicious conspiracy to control prices.
is a carefully planned secret scheme, usually by a small number of persons, to secure sinister ends: a plot to seize control of a company.
usually involves duplicity and deceit aimed at achieving either personal advantage or criminal or treasonous objectives: the petty intrigues of civil servants. Cabal
refers either to a plan by a small group of highly-placed persons to overthrow or control a government, or to the group of persons themselves: a cabal of powerful lawmakers.