com·​plic·​it·​ous kəm-ˈpli-sə-təs How to pronounce complicitous (audio)
: complicit
was complicitous in the child-abuse scandals

Examples of complicitous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your silence is acceptance, complicitous, and unacceptable. Gloria Neal, The Denver Post, 13 June 2020 Does our silence on these guys' patterns of wrongdoings become complicitous? Julia Kramer, Bon Appetit, 13 Dec. 2017

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Word History


complicit(y) + -ous, probably after duplicitous

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of complicitous was in 1860

Dictionary Entries Near complicitous

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“Complicitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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