complicity

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noun com·plic·i·ty \kəm-ˈpli-s(ə-)tē\

Definition of complicity

plural

complicities

  1. 1 :  association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act arrested for complicity in the crime

  2. 2 :  an instance of complicity The two share a complicity she calls fraternal. — Joan Dupont

Examples of complicity in a Sentence

  1. There's no proof of her complicity in the murder.

  2. He acted with his brother's complicity.

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Origin and Etymology of complicity

see complice


COMPLICITY Defined for English Language Learners

complicity

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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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