conspire = "contrive"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Mar 18 22:54:28 UTC 2007

 OED "Conspire," v. def 1.b.:

  "Said of a single person (the notion of combination being lost sight of): To plot secretly, contrive. Obs. [1393-1606]"

  Well, it's back after 400 years:

  2007 _SparkNotes: The Merchant of Venice_[ ] In Shylock’s very first appearance...he conspires to harm Antonio.


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