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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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conspiracy of silence

An agreement, either tacit or explicit, to disclose nothing about an individual or situation. The term nearly always refers to disclosing something unfavorable, or even criminal. For example, physicians often have been accused of protecting an incompetent member of their profession by keeping quiet. Dating from the late nineteenth century, the term at first was used by individuals complaining of lack of attention. The poet Lewis Morris reportedly complained to Oscar Wilde that a conspiracy of silence prevented his works from being reviewed and asked what he should do, whereupon Wilde replied, “Join it.”
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Second, the most prominent and visible American -- Donald Trump -- regularly employs and legitimizes conspiracy thinking.
Kirean Aldred, 20, of St Michael's Road, Warwick, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to supply heroin.
These and many other seeming anomalies have been https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/moon-landing-conspiracy-theories-debunked, but moon landing conspiracy theories have persisted in the popular imagination.
| Malcolm Gee, 66 and of Grenville Terrace, Ashton-under-Lyne, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce Class B (amphetamine); production of Class B (cannabis); possession of Class A (cocaine); possession of criminal property - cash and possession of Class B (cannabis) and was jailed for six years and nine months.
Andrew Hayes, 48, of Fincham Road, Dovecot, Merseyside was found guilty of conspiracy to produce Class B (amphetamine) following trial and jailed for seven years.
Police said Simpson's dealing came to light as they carried out surveillance on the gang run by Oldroyd, 29, who was jailed in May for 14 years and three months for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
While the March 2015 indictment alleged that the conspiracy began "at least in 2008," subsequent indictments moved that date back to "at least 2003." The named co-conspirators changed slightly with each superseding indictment, though each indictment alleged that co-conspirators included "others, both known and unknown to the grand jury." Finally, in the superseding indictments, the government added charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine base (in addition to cocaine).
have been supplied to dealers in Cheshire, Bangor and in the North East over the period of the conspiracy, between June 2016 and January last year.
The recent Qanon Theory, known for the name of the anonymous poster "Q," seems almost designed to promote the view that all conspiracy theories are totally fabricated.
| David Murphy, 38, of Avonmouth Road, Sunderland, was jailed for ten years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Mueller's February indictment of the Internet Research Agency, and associated Russian entities and individuals, charged a conspiracy to influence the election to damage Hillary Clinton, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and support Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump let's call it an electioneering conspiracy.
Lala Musa -- PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said Imran Khan can not become Prime Minister (PM) through conspiracy.
- Graham Roy Ashe, 31, of Salerno Drive in Huyton: Nine years and nine months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine
Marian Rafael, 39, of Brighton Grove, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to traffic people, two counts of conspiracy to launder money and two counts of conspiracy to carry out forced/compulsory labour.