complot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v complot engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together "They conspired to overthrow the government"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Complot A plotting together; a confederacy in some evil design; a conspiracy. "I know their complot is to have my life."
    • v. t. & i Complot To plot or plan together; to conspire; to join in a secret design. "We find them complotting together, and contriving a new scene of miseries to the Trojans."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n complot A plotting together; a joint plot; a confederacy in some design; a conspiracy.
    • complot To plan together; contrive; plot.
    • complot To plot together; conspire; form a plot; join in a secret design, generally criminal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Complot kom′plot a conspiracy
    • v.i Complot to plot together, to conspire
    • v.t Complot to plan
    • pr.p Complot complot′ting; pa.p. complot′ted
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. complot, prob. for comploit, fr.L. complicitum, prop. p. p. of complicare, but equiv. to complicatio, complication, entangling. See Complicate, and cf. Plot

Usage

In literature:

What damnable complot was this?
"The Haunted Bookshop" by Christopher Morley
And he was exalted, and made the cap of Shiraz nod in his conceit, crying, 'Am I not leader in this complot?
"The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete" by George Meredith
The Raad thereupon publicly gave thanks to the Almighty, Who had revealed and frustrated this 'hideous complot.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
The inhabitants of Geneva have long been contriving, intriguing, I will even say complotting, to get me up The Saleve.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, December 15, 1920" by Various
And here they found John when they stole in one after the other, soft-footed, that the boy might suspect no complot.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
Flour and grain, by reason of the court's complot, began to run low.
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
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