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Etymology edit

First attested in 1550. From a complice, from Old French complice (confederate), from Latin complicāre (fold together). The article a became part of the word, through the influence of the word accomplish.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈkɒm.plɪs/, /ə.ˈkʌm.plɪs/[1][2][3]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkɑm.pləs/, /ə.ˈkɑm.plɪs/
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  • Hyphenation: ac‧com‧plice

Noun edit

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accomplice (plural accomplices)

  1. (law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
  2. (rare) A cooperator.

Usage notes edit

  • Followed by with or of before a person and by in or to (or sometimes of) before the crime; as, "A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C"; or, "D was an accomplice to murder".

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References edit

  1. ^ The Chambers Dictionary, 9th Ed., 2003
  2. ^ accomplice”, in Collins English Dictionary.
  3. ^ accomplice”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.