Definition of accomplice in English:

accomplice

Syllabification: ac·com·plice
Pronunciation: /əˈkämplis
 
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noun

  • A person who helps another commit a crime.
    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.
    Synonyms
    partner in crime, associate, accessory, abettor, confederate, collaborator, fellow conspirator, co-conspirator; henchman
    informal sidekick

Origin

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'.

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