com·​plice ˈkäm-pləs How to pronounce complice (audio) ˈkəm- How to pronounce complice (audio)

Examples of complice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Harvard Medical School morgue manager Cedric Lodge was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, along with alleged complices Katrina Maclean, Joshua Taylor and Jeremy Pauley. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 16 June 2023

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Word History


Middle English, "associate, accomplice," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin complic-, complex "fellow-participant, partner, accomplice (in wrongdoing)," probably noun derivative of complicāre "to fold together, fold up, bundle, connect (to), cause to join" (going back to Latin, "to fold together"), after derivatives with the multiplicative suffixal element -plex, as in duplex "folded double, duplex entry 1" — more at complicate entry 2

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of complice was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Complice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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