Definition of accomplice in English:


Line breaks: ac¦com|plice
Pronunciation: /əˈkʌmplɪs
, əˈkɒm-/


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.
abetter, accessory, partner in crime, associate, confederate, collaborator, fellow conspirator, co-conspirator;
rare conniver


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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