col·​lu·​sion | \ kə-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce collusion (audio) \

Definition of collusion

: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose acting in collusion with the enemy

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Other Words from collusion

collusive \ kə-​ˈlü-​siv How to pronounce collusion (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective
collusively adverb

Examples of collusion in a Sentence

The company was acting in collusion with manufacturers to inflate prices. there was collusion between the two companies to fix prices
Recent Examples on the Web Both Manafort and Stone had been swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and both were found guilty of crimes not directly connected to allegations of Russian collusion against them. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Trump pardons Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and father of Jared Kushner," 23 Dec. 2020 As in the fashion of the Russian collusion hoax, the media for weeks on end revved up their engines for a seemingly certain Biden landslide victory. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Disinformationists," 5 Nov. 2020 The Russia collusion saga has damaged American trust in government institutions far more than its promoters recognize. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Weissmann Pardons," 25 Dec. 2020 MacFarquhar’s article depicts the lives of these apostates and their communities in a lyrical way, but avoids hard numbers and the sordid political collusion. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 21 Dec. 2020 Such collusion requires a single entity to control over 50% of the network—a risk that is is remote in the case of Bitcoin, but which has transpired in the case of smaller digital currencies. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The American heartland needs jobs. Could Bitcoin mining become its next savior?," 12 Dec. 2020 That, in turn, led to the unproven conspiracy theories about Russian collusion, as well as a pointless and partisan impeachment process, that dominated American politics for three years. Jonathan Tobin, Washington Examiner, "Don't bet on a return to normalcy," 5 Nov. 2020 For some officials, Trump’s willingness to meet with Giuliani despite warnings about Russian influence smacked of the collusion allegations that dogged the president after the 2016 election. Anchorage Daily News, "White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump," 16 Oct. 2020 China bypassed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and imposed the security law -- which bans terrorism, secession, subversion of state power and collusion with foreign forces -- in late June after unprecedented pro-democracy protests last year. Iain Marlow,, "Foreign Judge Resigns Amid Hong Kong Security Law Concerns," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of collusion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collusion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin collusion-, collusio, from colludere — see collude

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“Collusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of collusion

: secret cooperation for an illegal or dishonest purpose


col·​lu·​sion | \ kə-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce collusion (audio) \

Legal Definition of collusion

: the act or an instance of colluding

Other Words from collusion

collusive \ -​siv How to pronounce collusion (audio) \ adjective

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