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 The law criminalized secession, subversion and collusion with foreign powers. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Hong Kong marks National Security Education Day with goose-stepping police and riot cop souvenirs," 15 Apr. 2021 The Supreme Court decision came seven years after the Federal League first filed suit against the major leagues, but the nascent league’s claims of collusion went unheard by the presiding judge, future baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "What is the MLB antitrust exemption? Baseball's century-old golden goose becomes political cudgel," 14 Apr. 2021 The charge of collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong High Court Grants Bail to Newspaper Publisher Jimmy Lai," 23 Dec. 2020 That law criminalized acts of secession, subversion, collusion with foreign forces, and terrorism with sentences of up to life in prison. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "US sanctions 14 top Chinese legislators over Hong Kong crackdown," 7 Dec. 2020 Those laws outlaw acts of sedition, secession, foreign collusion and terrorism. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Hong Kong cops criticized internationally following violent arrest of 12-year-old girl," 6 Sep. 2020 These include topics such as anti-trust, collusion, pay-for-delay, and price transparency. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, "Secretary Of HHS Becerra To Focus On Anti-Competitive Practices In Hospital, PBM, And Pharmaceutical Industries," 9 Apr. 2021 In collusion with a fawning news media (which includes his own brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo), Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York has failed to do this. Steven W. Thrasher, Scientific American, "Andrew Cuomo Should Resign," 4 Mar. 2021 The sweeping national security laws punish acts of subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorism with possible life imprisonment. The Christian Science Monitor, "In single swoop, dozens of Hong Kong activists charged with subversion," 28 Feb. 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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6 May 2021

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“Collusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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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