conspiracy of silence


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conspiracy of silence

An agreement, either explicit or unspoken, among members of a group to keep secret certain information that, if exposed, could be damaging to the group, its interests, or its associates. Knowing that public knowledge of their imminent takeover by the rival company could jeopardize their continued employment thereafter, the board of directors agreed to a strict conspiracy of silence until the deal was finalized. The doctors in the hospital were engaged in a tacit conspiracy of silence, as each knew that bringing to light their colleague's misbehavior could end up damaging their own reputations in the process.
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conspiracy of silence

A tacit or explicit agreement to keep something secret. For example, In this state's medical society there is a conspiracy of silence regarding incompetent practitioners . This term was first used as a complaint about lack of attention, but today it more often refers to remaining silent about something unfavorable or criminal. [Late 1800s]
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a conspiracy of silence

If there is a conspiracy of silence, people who know about something have agreed that they will not tell anyone about it. Detectives have run into a conspiracy of silence in the close communities here.
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a conspiracy of silence

an agreement to say nothing about an issue that should be generally known.
This expression appears to have originated with the French philosopher Auguste Comte ( 1798–1857 ).
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a conˌspiracy of ˈsilence

an agreement not to talk publicly about something which should not remain secret: As no one was ever convicted of the murders, it is widely believed that there may have been a conspiracy of silence maintained by the victims’ friends and families.
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In Conspiracy of Silence, Bottoms uses the kind of historical detective work that is the trademark of a local historian, and successfully applies it to a colony-wide study.
As he put it, "There were never any articles published from the gay point of view, which in my mind equalled a conspiracy of silence on the true nature of homosexuality.
Through the new partnership, the bank and church will focus on development issues ranging from governance and corruption to gender equity and post-conflict reconstruction, and aim to "break the conspiracy of silence on AIDS.
He has ordered a major UN study on AIDS in Africa and is calling on governments to do something to end the conspiracy of silence and shame surrounding the disease.
This book is likely to break through the conspiracy of silence hitherto affecting the inclusion of the Egyptian experience as an empirical reference point in the theoretical literature of transition.
Weld attributed his inability to turn up evidence of White's corruption not to the possibility that White might not have been corrupt but rather to a conspiracy of silence among lower-echelon city officials and businessmen with lucrative city contracts.
118-48) and asks why there has been a Western conspiracy of silence (pp.
The conspiracy of silence, as used by Boberg & Boberg, is an unspoken agreement between the couple to pretend that stuttering does not affect their lives; thus, stuttering should not be discussed.
The CBC's Sunday TV movies now tend to be epic historic dramas (Dieppe, The Arrow) or big scandal-driven stories (The Butterbox Babies, Conspiracy of Silence, The Sleep Room).
Most of this discussion is relegated to endnotes, subjecting Faithful, ironically, to yet another conspiracy of silence.
Sapon-Shevin examines the conspiracy of silence about fundamental questions related to gifted education by studying a gifted program in a small Midwestern town.
These yield few clues, however, as if all were implicated in a conspiracy of silence.
She believes that there is a conspiracy of silence that ends up hurting women.
Mr Johnson said: "Is this the real conspiracy of silence, between you, Spendlove and Donovan?
Spokesman Patrick Corrigan added: "Victims will feel betrayed while the public will believe the conspiracy of silence, which has surrounded Kincora for 40 years, continues.