Is there a single word that means "a meeting of evil/bad people"? I would like to use meeting or a gathering but with a negative connotation to it.
Rather than writing: "I found myself intruding on a meeting of malicious people."
I'd rather write something along the lines of "I happened across a ____" or "I found myself in the middle of a ____".
I've searched for awhile but haven't been able to find anything that fits.
I don't want to pluralize something like villians, because even though it means more than one evil person, it doesn't give off the correct meaning that I'm aiming for.
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Not evil in a fictional way like witches, or in a political way, more criminally centered. People who've committed criminal, inhumane, or despicable acts. A meeting of those types of people.
I've found next to nothing in regards to a meeting besides the usual synonyms, none with a negative connonation. But I have found different words for groups of people, like horde, gathering, which I could spin in a negative manner by adding "of evildoers, "of villians or "of criminals" afterwards, but I was hoping to find a word that can be a combination.
For example, congregation, which is normally an assembly/meeting of churchly folks, but a word applied to the worst of society instead.
Hope that makes things a bit more clear.