Wednesday Word for August 19, 2020

Today’s word comes from the news.

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech



  1. Secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose.
  2. A secret agreement, especially for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy.
  3. 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.


First used in the 14th century, as meaning a secret agreement. This word comes from the Middle English word collusion, from the Anglo-French word collusio, and from the Latin word colludere.


complicity, connivance, conspiracy

Usage and Examples

Here are a couple of examples:

  • Jack knew the opposition would accuse him of collusion with the Chinese if he won the election.
  • In hiring his unqualified son, David Barron expanded the practice of corruption, collusion, and nepotism.

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