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.
See also: conspiracy, of, silence

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]
See also: conspiracy, of, silence
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Challenging the conspiracy of Silence is a wonderful celebration of Jim's life.
In particular, the peers are concerned that "a conspiracy of silence seems to have developed in Scotland which is inhibiting open debate".
And throughout it all a conspiracy of silence allowed the culture of greed and corruption to thrive and take over.
Congress is guilty of not only conspiracy of silence, but willing assistance," said Prasad.
LABOUR yesterday denied there was a conspiracy of silence before the General Election over council budgets being slashed.
Conspiracy of Silence by Martha Powers has been awarded first place in the romantic suspense category of the 2009 Write Touch Readers Awards.
There was in fact a conspiracy of silence with regard to Grand Central, culminating in the council's decision to sell the land at Eastside that had been earmarked by developers Arup for the new station.
But who can stomach the apparent conspiracy of silence that surrounds the appalling death of Stuart Lubbock?
Congratulations for having the courage to speak out in print about the conspiracy of silence regarding the priest shortage.
The government claim the six were involved in "a clear conspiracy of silence to subvert the cause of justice" by hiding the facts and covering up.
Thinking Mom or Dad is wedded to prejudices that will make it impossible for her or him to be accepting, the powerless kid may just give up and agree to a conspiracy of silence.
He said he believed that the truth about the NHS was hidden from the PM by a conspiracy of silence.
Fetzer's book derives from a 1992 book, JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, by Charles Crenshaw.
The tour operators have no interest in publishing this advice and the Foreign Office, quite rightly, doesn't want to spark panic, so there is a kind of conspiracy of silence.
According to the book Outing: Shattering the conspiracy of silence, written by two homosexualists, Collin was arrested in 1979 for taking indecent liberties with boys between 10 and 14 years old.