conspiracy

[[t]kənspɪ̱rəsi[/t]]
conspiracies
1) N-VAR: oft N to-inf Conspiracy is the secret planning by a group of people to do something illegal.

Seven men, all from Bristol, admitted conspiracy to commit arson...

He believes there probably was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy in 1963.

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2) N-COUNT: oft N to-inf A conspiracy is an agreement between a group of people which other people think is wrong or is likely to be harmful.

It's all part of a conspiracy to dispense with the town centre all together and move everything out to Meadowhall...

It was like some kind of conspiracy against men.

3) PHRASE If there is a conspiracy of silence about something, people who know about it have agreed that they will not talk publicly about it, although it would probably be a good thing if people in general knew about it.

Detectives have run into a conspiracy of silence in the tight-knit communities of the peninsula.


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