conspiracy of silence
conspiracy of silence
- general agreement to keep silent about a subject for the sake of secrecy.
- to remain silent about something criminal or unfavorable.
- keeping something whose disclosure might be harmful, damaging, or against the best interests of a group secret.
- a secret agreement to remain silent about a situation, occurrence, or subject to protect or promote self-interests.
- agreement to conceal information about something people should know.
- Healthcare professionals create a conspiracy of silence due to the fear of legal proceedings, corrective action, or punishment.
- Is there a conspiracy of silence against the manager?
- I would like to know why a conspiracy of silence exists in all these matters.
- She spoke about calculated deception and a conspiracy of silence.
- It’s better to express our views on race relations and immigration instead of being subjected to a conspiracy of silence.
- I’m afraid that our conspiracy of silence has come too late.
- In this country, there appears to be a conspiracy of silence regarding the fiscal system.
- There’s almost a conspiracy of silence about the inefficiencies and waste that the system brings with it.
- There’s a conspiracy of silence over the incident.
- It is unhelpful to have a conspiracy of silence when things don’t go well.
- On the airport security check in New York City, there is a conspiracy of silence; most guards bypass the known visitors without checking.
The idiom “conspiracy of silence” describes how a group of people behave. The group can be large or small, and by unspoken consensus, it does not discuss, acknowledge, or mention a given subject. It can maintain silence because of a positive interest in group solidarity or because of negative impulses like social ostracism or political repercussions. It is different from avoiding a taboo subject because the phrase is applied to more limited political or social contexts instead of a whole culture. When people use the phrase as a descriptor, it can imply dishonesty, privileging loyalty to a particular social group over another, or cowardice. It has been in use since 1865. People first used it as a complaint against a lack of attention. Several authors have used the idiom in book titles. Examples are Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig, a book whose story is based on biblical history, and Conspiracy of Silence by Anna Legat, a crime novel.