accomplice


accomplice
accomplice (n.) 1580s (earlier complice, late 15c.), from O.Fr. complice "a confederate," from L.L. complicem (nom. complex) "partner, confederate," from L. complicare "fold together" (see COMPLICATE (Cf. complicate)). With parasitic a- on model of accomplish, etc., or perhaps by assimilation of indefinite article in phrase a complice.

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  • accomplice — ac·com·plice /ə käm pləs, kəm / n [alteration (from incorrect division of a complice ) of complice, from Middle French, associate, from Late Latin complic complex partner, confederate]: one who intentionally and voluntarily participates with… …   Law dictionary

  • Accomplice — • A term generally employed to designate a partner in some form of evildoing Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Accomplice     Accomplice      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Accomplice — Ac*com plice, n. [Ac (perh. for the article a or for L. ad) + E. complice. See {Complice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A cooperator. [R.] [1913 Webster] Success unto our valiant general, And happiness to his accomplices! Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accomplice — *confederate, accessory, abettor, conspirator …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • accomplice — accomplice, accomplish The standard pronunciation of both words is now kum , not kom …   Modern English usage

  • accomplice — [n] helper, especially in committing a crime abettor, accessory, aid, aide, ally, assistant, associate, co conspirator, collaborator, colleague, confederate, conspirator, insider, partner, plant*, stall*; concept 412 Ant. adversary, enemy,… …   New thesaurus

  • accomplice — ► NOUN ▪ a person who helps another commit a crime. ORIGIN from Latin complex allied …   English terms dictionary

  • accomplice — [ə käm′plis] n. [< ME a complice (the article a is merged, infl. by accomplish) < OFr complice < LL complex: see COMPLICE] a person who knowingly participates with another in an unlawful act; partner in crime SYN. ASSOCIATE …   English World dictionary

  • Accomplice — For other uses, see Accomplice (disambiguation). Criminal law …   Wikipedia

  • accomplice — n. 1) an unwitting accomplice 2) an accomplice in, to (an accomplice in crime) * * * [ə kʌmplɪs] to (an accomplice in crime) an unwitting accomplice an accomplice in …   Combinatory dictionary