Definition of accomplice in English:


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  • A person who helps another commit a crime.

    ‘an accomplice in the murder’
    • ‘The police in Amsterdam were able to round up six of his alleged accomplices after the crime, and are seeking more.’
    • ‘Essie Davis plays Mrs Lovett, friend to Sweeney Todd, who becomes his accomplice in crime.’
    • ‘He went for help, using his stairlift to go downstairs, and unwittingly called on the help of the thief's two accomplices.’
    • ‘In a flash, instinct took over and he rushed outside to stop the thief and his accomplices in their tracks.’
    • ‘The gunman and his accomplices then got back in the vehicle and drove off down Milkstone Road.’
    • ‘At the request of Mr Leesong trespass orders have been served on the assailant and her accomplice.’
    • ‘The chase ended with a crash as the car carrying the gunman and his accomplice left the road.’
    • ‘The accomplice of a gunman who shot a man dead in a pub may be in fear for his life, police said.’
    • ‘The woman then reportedly got into a car with a gunman and drove away - suggesting she was an accomplice to the murder.’
    • ‘They forget that keeping silent in the face of injustice makes them accomplices of the criminals.’
    • ‘I've profiled a lot of fugitives that have had female accomplices and accessories.’
    • ‘The gunman took the rifle and together with a possible accomplice was able to get away.’
    • ‘Is she an accomplice in the murder or did she not even know her parents had been shot?’
    • ‘His manner belied the seriousness of the potential charges against him as an accomplice to murder.’
    • ‘Did the murderers have accomplices within the airport security systems?’
    • ‘The teenager was forced to hand over his phone to the first offender while his accomplice ripped a gold chain from his neck.’
    • ‘Police said last night that the intruder may have been working with an accomplice who waited outside the flat.’
    • ‘Three accomplices escaped and police fear they may try the same scam again.’
    • ‘The car-jacker fled in the Honda Civic while an accomplice followed in the other car in the direction of Sutton.’
    abetter, accessory, partner in crime, associate, confederate, collaborator, fellow conspirator, co-conspirator
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/əˈkämpləs/ /əˈkɑmpləs/


Mid 16th century alteration (probably by association with accompany) of Middle English complice ‘an associate’, via Old French from late Latin complex, complic- ‘allied’, from com- ‘together’ + the root of plicare ‘to fold’.