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 This Agreement was executed free from any duress, coercion, collusion or undue influence. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Judge approves Derek Chauvin divorce under secret terms," 4 Feb. 2021 But the leak fed the media fires over Mr. Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians, and Mr. Flynn was unjustly prosecuted. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Unmasking Samantha Power," 24 Jan. 2021 Framed as a necessary antidote to restore stability, the legislation claims global jurisdiction to bar secession, terrorism, subversion and collusion with foreign forces. Iain Marlow,, "Hong Kong’s Courts Are the Last Check on Beijing’s Growing Power," 22 Dec. 2020 Since the law -- which bans secession, subversion, terrorist activities and collusion with foreign powers -- went into effect in June, the city has seen mass arrests and restrictions on free speech, while several activists have fled. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China open to reset in relations with US as Washington announces fresh sanctions over Hong Kong," 8 Dec. 2020 The series examines the power and activities of Mexican cartels and their collusion with corrupt government officials. Washington Post, "A murder in Veracruz: Slain journalist’s story a portrait of a violent, corrupt era in Mexico," 6 Dec. 2020 The security law criminalizes acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign powers to intervene in the city’s affairs. Fox News, "Hong Kong ISP blocks access to pro-democracy website under national security law," 14 Jan. 2021 In the view of many Trump supporters, the president was never given a chance to govern — he was besieged from Day 1 by claims of Russian collusion, fierce obstruction of his priorities and, ultimately, an impeachment. New York Times, "Trump’s Legacy: Voters Who Reject Democracy and Any Politics but Their Own," 9 Jan. 2021 Perhaps there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: The storming of the Capitol, the presidential election results," 7 Jan. 2021

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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 28 Feb. 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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