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.

Nearby words

  1. collotype,
  2. collude,
  3. collum,
  4. collun.,
  5. collunarium,
  6. collusive,
  7. collusively,
  8. collut.,
  9. collutorium,
  10. collutory

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

Related formsnon·col·lu·sion, nounpre·col·lu·sion, noun

Can be confusedcollision 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 Formscollusive, adjective

Word Origin for collusion

C14: from Latin collūsiō, from collūdere to collude

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Word Origin and History for collusion

collusion

n.

late 14c., from Old French collusion, from Latin collusionem (nominative collusio) "act of colluding," from colludere, from com- "together" (see com-) + ludere "to play," from ludus "game" (see ludicrous). "The notion of fraud or underhandedness is essential to collusion" [Fowler].

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