Trending: complicit

Lookups spiked 3,025% on December 4th, 2018

Why are people looking up complicit?

Complicit was among our top lookups on December 4th, 2018, after Senator Lindsey Graham asserted that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was "complicit in the murder" of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

What does complicit mean?

Complicit is defined as "helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way."

Where does complicit come from?

Complicit is a back-formation, a shortening of complicity. It is related to a number of other words which share its root of plicare (Latin for "to fold"), such as accomplice, explicit, and plication ("the act or process of folding; the state of being folded").

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