1. A secret agreement and cooperation for a fraudulent or deceitful purpose; a playing into each other's hands; deceit; fraud; cunning.
The foxe, maister of collusion. --Spenser.
That they [miracles] be done publicly, in the face of the world, that there may be no room to suspect artifice and collusion. --Atterbury.
By the ignorance of the merchants or dishonesty of the weavers, or the collusion of both, the ware was bad and the price excessive. --Swift.
2. Law An agreement between two or more persons to defraud a person of his rights, by the forms of law, or to obtain an object forbidden by law.
Syn: -- Collusion, Connivance.
Usage: A person who is guilty of connivance intentionally overlooks, and thus sanctions what he was bound to prevent. A person who is guilty of collusion unites with others (playing into their hands) for fraudulent purposes.
n 1: secret agreement
2: agreement on a secret plot [syn: connivance]