First attested in the 1580s. From Middle English accomplice, from a complice, from Old French complice (“confederate”), from Latin complicare (“fold together”). The article a became part of the word, through the influence of the word accomplish.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkʌm.plɪ̈s/
- (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkɑm.pləs/, /ə.ˈkɑm.plɪ̈s/
Audio (US) (file)
- Hyphenation: ac‧com‧plice
accomplice (plural accomplices)
- (rare) A cooperator.
- Success unto our valiant general, And happiness to his accomplices! - Shakespeare, Henry VI Part I, V-ii
- (law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
- Followed by with or of before a person and by in (or sometimes of) before the crime; as, A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C. Dryden uses it with to before a thing.