accomplice

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

Definition of accomplice

: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

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Origin and Etymology of accomplice

borrowed from Anglo-French acomplice, alteration of complice "associate" — more at complice
Note: The source of initial a(c)- is unclear. The earlier notion that a- represents fusion of the indefinite article cannot be maintained given the much earlier occurrences of the word in Anglo-French (in a 1384 petition of the Drapers guild, and in vol. 2 of the Rotuli Parliamentorum [1279-1377]). The suggestion that complice has been assimilated to accomplir, "to fulfill, etc.," (see accomplish) is not very compelling semantically.


ACCOMPLICE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

:a partner in wrongdoing

Law Dictionary

accomplice

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

legal Definition of accomplice

: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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