Word + Quiz: conspiracy

Word + Quiz: conspiracy

Note: To inspire you for our fifth annual 15-second vocabulary video challenge, which will begin Jan. 18, we’ll be featuring the work of last year’s winners for the next several days. The video above is by Trey Kassed, Elena Carranza and Arianna Ruolo.

conspiracy \kən-ˈspir-ə-sē\ noun

1. a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)

2. a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act

3. a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose


The word conspiracy has appeared in 1,066 articles on nytimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 26 in “Aide Accused of Playing Role in Death of Argentine Prosecutor” by Daniel Politi:

BUENOS AIRES — A federal judge in Argentina on Tuesday indicted a computer expert on charges that he acted as an accomplice in the January 2015 death of the prosecutor Alberto Nisman. It is the first time a judge has formally called the politically fraught case, which remains unsolved, a homicide.

In the indictment, Judge Julián Ercolini contended that the expert, Diego Lagomarsino, lent Mr. Nisman, his boss, the gun that was used to kill him as part of a conspiracy to create the impression that the prosecutor had committed suicide.

But the court filing does not shed significant new light on the mysterious death of Mr. Nisman, who was leading an investigation into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.




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