accomplice

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noun ac·com·plice \ə-ˈkäm-pləs, -ˈkəm-\

Definition of accomplice

  1. :  one associated with another especially in wrongdoing <was convicted as an accomplice to murder>

Examples of accomplice in a sentence

  1. He was convicted as an accomplice to murder.

  2. <the thief and his accomplices were eventually caught and brought to justice>

Origin and Etymology of accomplice

alteration (from incorrect division of a complice) of complice —see complice


First Known Use: 1584


ACCOMPLICE Defined for English Language Learners

accomplice

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noun ac·com·plice \ə-ˈkäm-pləs, -ˈkəm-\

Definition of accomplice for English Language Learners

  • : a person who works with or helps someone who is doing something wrong or illegal


ACCOMPLICE Defined for Kids

accomplice

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noun ac·com·plice \ə-ˈkäm-pləs\

Definition of accomplice for Students

  1. :  a partner in wrongdoing


Law Dictionary

accomplice

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noun ac·com·plice \ə-ˈkäm-pləs, -ˈkəm-\

Legal Definition of accomplice

  1. :  one who intentionally and voluntarily participates with another in a crime by encouraging or assisting in the commission of the crime or by failing to prevent it though under a duty to do so <the accomplice of the burglar> <an accomplice in a robbery>

Origin and Etymology of accomplice

alteration (from incorrect division of a complice) of complice, from Middle French, associate, from Late Latin complic- complex partner, confederate



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