Collusion vs Complicity - What's the difference?

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Collusion is a synonym of complicity.


As nouns the difference between collusion and complicity

is that collusion is a secret agreement for an illegal purpose; conspiracy while complicity is (senseid)the state of being complicit; involvement as a partner or accomplice, especially in a crime or other wrongdoing.

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collusion

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A secret agreement for an illegal purpose; conspiracy.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution , passage=The dispatches […] also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.}}

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    complicity

    Noun

    (complicities)
  • (senseid)The state of being complicit; involvement as a partner or accomplice, especially in a crime or other wrongdoing.
  • * 1854 , , Hard Times , ch. 32:
  • He drew up a placard, offering Twenty Pounds reward for the apprehension of Stephen Blackpool, suspected of complicity in the robbery of Coketown Bank.
  • (archaic) Complexity.Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
  • * 1861 , Dr. Marx, "Musical Education and Instruction," The Musical Times , vol. 10, no. 220, p. 53:
  • How easy is it, on the other hand, to an enlightened teacher, particularly in the beginning, to elucidate the various forms of rhythm by methodical arrangement in respect of simplicity and increasing complicity or mixture!

    Synonyms

    * collusion, complicitousness, connivance

    Derived terms

    * complicitous

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