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    Belief in *the* conspiracy

    Conspiracies are especially likely to become popular when they feed already existing prejudices or superstitions. Belief in the conspiracy reinforces these positions. In this vicious cycle, any connection to reality is rapidly lost. And if the theory confirms suspicions long held by many people, the number of adherents will grow.
    (Scientific American Mind; Volume 14 Number 5; Secret Powers Everywhere)

    I think that the reference in 'the conspiracy' and 'the theory' is generic.
    Is this so?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Belief in *the* conspiracy

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    Yes, exactly.

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    Re: Belief in *the* conspiracy

    Thank you BobSmith.

    In this case would the meaning change if I said 'a conspiracy' and 'a theory'?

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    Re: Belief in *the* conspiracy

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Thank you BobSmith.

    In this case would the meaning change if I said 'a conspiracy' and 'a theory'?

    Thanks.

    I believe the meaning would not change.

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