complicity

noun
com·​plic·​i·​ty | \ kəm-ˈpli-s(ə-)tē \
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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But as new harrowing stories come to light detailing the atrocities being carried out in Yemen, the conflict — and the US’s complicity in the violence — may become harder to ignore. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Saudi Arabia is reportedly outsourcing its war in Yemen to child soldiers," 30 Dec. 2018 As the criticism turns partisan, with Republicans upset with Google’s alleged liberal bias and Democrats furious with Facebook’s complicity in election tampering, the risk grows of interventions that sound satisfying but don’t fix, and in... Greg Ip, WSJ, "Beware the Big Tech Backlash," 19 Dec. 2018 The waiting driver, a 33-year-old Parma man, is charged with felony complicity to breaking and entering. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Thieves break into Westlake business: police blotter," 12 May 2018 The series is either eerily timely or unaware of its own complicity in the vast inequality of our modern era. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Romanoffs," 20 Nov. 2018 Some of the latest cases demonstrate complicity by Seattle’s late archbishops Thomas Connolly and Raymond Hunthausen, Pfau said. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archdiocese pays nearly $7 million to settle men’s claims that six priests abused them as boys," 13 Nov. 2018 These communities have proven that they will not be deterred by political complicity in the oil and gas industry, and activists are working with them to ensure a pipeline-free future. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 The issue of Lithuanian complicity in Nazi war crimes is sensitive here, with the Jewish community campaigning to have street signs named for heroes who fought the Soviets removed because of their roles in the executions of Jews. Nicole Winfield And Maria Grazia Murru, Fox News, "Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large," 22 Sep. 2018 All members of the GNI agree to implement a set of principles on freedom of expression and privacy, which appear to prohibit complicity in the sort of broad censorship that is widespread in China. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it," 29 Aug. 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

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

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