com·​plic·​it·​ous | \ kəm-ˈpli-sə-təs How to pronounce complicitous (audio) \

Definition of complicitous

: 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, "Guest Commentary: Don’t just check on me; help me check a system that is rife with racism," 13 June 2020 Does our silence on these guys' patterns of wrongdoings become complicitous? Julia Kramer, Bon Appetit, "Dear Male Chefs: Talk Less," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of complicitous

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for complicitous

see complice

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“Complicitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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