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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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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THERE HAS been an even bigger conspiracy of silence over the last few weeks that Phil completely missed.
Conspiracy of Silence shows how the Queensland frontier period saw the consolidation of several global historical trends of the later nineteenth century.
regrettably, and without attributing blame, we formed the impression that a conspiracy of silence seems to have developed in Scotland which is inhibiting open debate."
This sudden playing of Raag Darbari cannot hide one stark fact that it is a glaring case where he is patiently involved in the conspiracy of silence," BJP chief spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad told reporters.
LABOUR yesterday denied there was a conspiracy of silence before the General Election over council budgets being slashed.
Although We Remember with Reverence and Love leaves a clear picture of the depth of the memorial efforts that occurred in the immediate aftermath of the war, the existence of the "myth" or "conspiracy of silence" as discussed in the Holocaust literature by Yael Danieli, William Helmreich, and others is still not satisfactorily explained, Having so carefully documented the memorial culture between 1945 and 1962, Diner has left it up to others to explicate in more depth the reasons for the persistence of the widespread belief in the American Jewish culture of this "conspiracy of silence."
Sinha, who raised the banner of revolt against Advani in 2005 too during the Jinnah controversy, said: Eoe1/4EoI am getting a sinking feeling that once again there is a conspiracy of silence. We are shying away from pin-pointing our weaknesses and fixing responsibility.Eoe1/4A[yen]
One key concept: nice guys' unwillingness to confront bad practices or difficult situations--for fear of reprisals or not to hurt others' feelings--amounts to a "conspiracy of silence" that can hurt the bottom line.
As Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life recently noted, "The doctor should prepare the incurably ill for death by avoiding any 'conspiracy of silence' and proclaiming a life that does not die" (Zenit, Jan.
The "conspiracy of silence," wherein students do not tell adults about homicidal and suicidal statements so prevalent among our youth, was not a factor.
But the speech of President Putin broke this conspiracy of silence that unfortunately prevails all over the world.
This is about a conspiracy of silence that allows these things to happen."
The 10 worst movies included "White Chicks," "Seed of Chucky," "Conspiracy of Silence," "Dreamers," "Envy," "Eurotrip," "Girl Next Door," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," "Head in the Clouds" and "National Lampoon's Golddiggers."
There is a conspiracy of silence surrounding stress levels in schools according to a teacher helpline.
McLeod is the author or compiler of several works on Canadian gay history, including Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada: A Selected Annotated Chronology, 1964-1975 (ECW Press and Homewood Books 1996) and (with Jim Egan) Challenging the Conspiracy of Silence: My Life and a Canadian Gay Activist (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and Homewood Books, 1998).