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conspiratorial (kənˌspɪrəˈtɔːrɪəl) 



  1. if someone does something such as speak or smile in a conspiratorial way, they do it in a way that suggests they are sharing a secret with someone   ⇒ His voice had sunk to a conspiratorial whisper.   ⇒ When I went to collect the car, Bill met me with a conspiratorial grin.
  2. something that is conspiratorial is secret and illegal, often with a political purpose   ⇒ There is nothing sinister or conspiratorial about the export licensing system.   ⇒ a secret and supposedly conspiratorial party meeting

conspiracy (kənˈspɪrəsɪ Pronunciation for conspiracy



(plural) -cies
  1. a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot
  2. the act of making such plans in secret

Derived Forms

conˈspirator noun
conspiratorial (kənˌspɪrəˈtɔːrɪəl Pronunciation for conspiratorial , conˈspiratory adjective
conˌspiraˈtorially adverb

Example Sentences Including 'conspiratorial'

"Death interests me increasingly," he says, in a conspiratorial whisper.
Irish Times (2002)
"He took a moment, then leaned closer to Todd, dropping his voice to a conspiratorial whisper.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
"I have to go to my room to study this," he said with a conspiratorial smile.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
A Pentagon statement said the New Yorker story was "filled with error and anonymous conjecture" and called it "outlandish, conspiratorial.
canada.com (2004)
But he has often been too conspiratorial and partisan on behalf of Brown for either of their interests.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
But the club cultivated its conspiratorial air with sly ostentation.
John Garth TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR: The Threshold of Middle-earth (2003)
Mary seemed almost conspiratorial at such times, which bothered me a little.
Holt, Victoria The Black Opal
Roote thought for a moment then gave a conspiratorial grin.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
This kind of conspiratorial hype helps Moore to sustain his radical image, when the truth is that he couldn't be a more mainstream figure.
Spiked (2004)


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