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- First attested in the 1580's.
- From Middle English a + complice, from Old French complice (“confederate”), from Latin complicare (“fold together”)
accomplice (plural accomplices)
- (rare) A cooperator.
- Success unto our valiant general, And happiness to his accomplices! - Shakespeare, Henry VI Part I, V-ii
- (law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
- Followed by with or of before a person and by in (or sometimes of) before the crime; as, A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C. Dryden uses it with to before a thing.
an associate in the commission of a crime