collusion

[ kuh-loo-zhuhn ]
/ kəˈlu ʒən /

noun

a secret agreement, especially for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy: Some of his employees were acting in collusion to rob him.
Law. a secret understanding between two or more persons to gain something illegally, to defraud another of his or her rights, or to appear as adversaries though in agreement: collusion of husband and wife to obtain a divorce.

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Origin of collusion

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin collūsiōn- (stem of collūsiō), equivalent to collūs(us) (past participle of collūdere to collude) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM collusion

non·col·lu·sion, nounpre·col·lu·sion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH collusion

collision collusion
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British Dictionary definitions for collusion

collusion
/ (kəˈluːʒən) /

noun

secret agreement for a fraudulent purpose; connivance; conspiracy
a secret agreement between opponents at law in order to obtain a judicial decision for some wrongful or improper purpose

Derived forms of collusion

collusive, adjective

Word Origin for collusion

C14: from Latin collūsiō, from collūdere to collude
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