complicity

noun
com·​plic·​i·​ty | \ kəm-ˈpli-s(ə-)tē How to pronounce complicity (audio) \
plural complicities

Definition of complicity

1 : association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act arrested for complicity in the crime
2 : an instance of complicity The two share a complicity she calls fraternal.— Joan Dupont

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Synonyms for complicity

Synonyms

collusion, connivance, conspiracy

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Examples of complicity in a Sentence

There's no proof of her complicity in the murder. He acted with his brother's complicity.

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Still, the live witness accounts pose a powerful rebuke to the current wave of historic revisionism in several eastern European countries to play down their own wartime complicity. Washington Post, "As numbers dwindle, Jews who fought Nazis recall struggle," 11 Apr. 2018 Still, the live witness accounts pose a powerful rebuke to the current wave of historic revisionism in several eastern European countries to play down their own wartime complicity. Aron Heller, Fox News, "As numbers dwindle, Jews who fought Nazis recall struggle," 11 Apr. 2018 As the movie heads toward the end, Paterno can no longer fully deny to himself his own complicity. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "A legend crumbles in HBO’s ‘Paterno’," 3 Apr. 2018 And like the rest of the new campaign's stars, Philipps is no stranger to speaking out on body image, unrealistic beauty standards, and Hollywood's complicity. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Busy Philipps on How She's Teaching Her Daughters Body Positivity in the Age of Facetune," 31 Jan. 2019 Their job is to exist in the liminal space between complicity and opposition, at once being part of the establishment and challenging it. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Michelle Wolf and Father Pat Conroy are so important.," 30 Apr. 2018 Last September, L'Oréal fired its first transgender model, Munroe Bergdorf, for her comments about white people's complicity in racial violence. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "Amena Khan Wears Hijab in L'Oréal Paris Hair Campaign," 17 Jan. 2018 But the structure of the dinner and, more importantly, the unifying presence of the comedian at the roast both risks complicity and allows directness. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Michelle Wolf and Father Pat Conroy are so important.," 30 Apr. 2018 Although Townes, according to authorities, was identified as the shooter by the other two passengers who had remained in the car with Glasgow, the pastor is still being charged as an accomplice in the case under Alabama’s broad complicity statute. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Exclusive: Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, Beloved Voting-Rights Organizer, Speaks Out About Capital Murder Charges He Faces in Alabama: ‘I Am Innocent’," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of complicity

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complicity

see complice

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complicity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complicity

formal : the act of helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way

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