AskDefine | Define complot

Dictionary Definition

complot v : engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government" [syn: conspire, cabal, conjure, machinate] [also: complotting, complotted]

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English

Etymology

Middle French, complot, 'crowd', 'plot'

Verb

  1. To plot.
    1580s Now to confirme the complot thou hast cast
    Of all these practices, Ile spread the watch,
    Vpon precise commandement from the king
    Strongly to guard the place where Pedringano
    This night shall murder haples Serberine.
    — Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedie, Act 3, Scene 2.
    1592 For I must talk of murders, rapes, and massacres,
    Acts of black night, abominable deeds,
    Complots of mischief, treason, villainies,
    Ruthful to hear, yet piteously perform'd
    — Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, Act">http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Tragedy_of_Titus_Andronicus#SCENE_I._Plains_near_Rome.|Act 5, Scene 1.
    1597 Besides, I say and will in battle prove,
    Or here, or elsewhere to the furthest verge
    That ever was survey'd by English eye,
    That all the treasons for these eighteen years
    Complotted and contrived in this land,
    Fetch from false Mowbray their first head and spring.
    — Shakespeare, Richard II, Act 1, Scene 1.
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