Definition of complicity in English:


Line breaks: com|pli¦city
Pronunciation: /kəmˈplɪsɪti


[mass noun]
The fact or condition of being involved with others in an activity that is unlawful or morally wrong: they were accused of complicity in the attempt to overthrow the government
More example sentences
  • The German Supreme Court found that the five members of the Court Martial were guilty of complicity in a crime against humanity.
  • The concept of aiding and abetting and complicity is well known I think to Australian law.
  • To get multiple persons at the wrong end of the charge, one has to go to complicity, aiding and abetting, concert.


mid 17th century: from Middle English complice 'an associate', from Old French, from late Latin complex, complic- 'allied', from Latin complicare 'fold together' (see complicate). Compare with accomplice.

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