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
Examples of complicity in a Sentence
There's no proof of her complicity in the murder.
He acted with his brother's complicity.
Recent Examples of complicity from the Web
The prosecutor will determine whether the second suspect should be charged with complicity to theft.
That man, Oskar Gröning, 96, was sentenced in July 2015 to four years in prison for complicity in the murder of 300,000 prisoners.
Despite his complicity and corruption, Gurlitt was also a victim—and viewed himself as such.
That normalization of and forced complicity with violence creates a sense of self-doubt and helplessness which does not magically vanish in adulthood.
Popes, cardinals and bishops have apologized numerous times for the church’s complicity in the offenses of priests.
With a judicial success rate in the apprehension and prosecution of journalists’ killers at under two per cent, many see a pattern of official complacency, and, in some cases, of complicity.
To stop doing business with Rosoboronexport in protest of its complicity in the Syrian slaughter could jeopardize the Obama team’s plans to hand the Afghanistan war to the Afghans in 2014.
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COMPLICITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of complicity for English Language Learners
: the act of helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way
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