A person who helps another commit a crime: an accomplice in the murder
More example sentences
- 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.
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'.