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conspiracy theory

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A theory seeking to explain a disputed case or matter as a plot by a secret group or alliance rather than an individual or isolated act.

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  • n. A hypothesis alleging that the members of a coordinated group are, and/or were, secretly working together to commit illegal or wrongful actions including attempting to hide the existence of the group and its activities. In notable cases the hypothesis contradicts the mainstream explanation for historical or current events.
  • n. Hypothetical speculation that is untrue or outlandish.

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Examples

  • Only a few months ago, Marilyn Monroe’s name made international headlines again when a British television documentary on this conspiracy theory was shown and a network documentary made in the United States was suppressed, with potential pressure from crime-controlled unions or from the late Robert Kennedy’s family as rumored reasons.

    All The Available Light

  • One of Ammerman's former prominent chaplains, James Linzey, could be heard in 2005 and espousing an anti-semitic, white racialist conspiracy theory alleging an evil Jewish banker-controlled plot to send a wave of Mexican and Islamic killers into the American Southwest to alter America's racial and ethnic makeup by raping all women and killing all adult and teen males.

    AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

  • In San Francisco, these right-on women actually add this to the bottom of the various flyers they pass out announcing the newest gathering of conspiracy theory speech events; “THIS IS A FRAGRANCE-FREE EVENT.”

    Roseanne Archy

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