- Associated with or participating in an activity, especially one of a questionable nature.
1861, Henry M. Wheeler, The Slaves' Champion, page 203:
- It [slavery] has set the seal of a complicit, guilty silence upon the most orthodox pulpits and the saintliest tongues, […]
- 1973, Angus Wilson, As If by Magic, Secker and Warburg, p. 177:
- "I confess," and the Englishman turned with a near complicit grin to Hamo, "I have certain vulgar tastes myself."
- 2005, Larry Dennsion, "Letters," Time, 7 March:
- Khan's sale of nuclear secrets and a complicit Pakistani government have made the world a ticking time bomb.
associated with or participating in an activity, especially one of a questionable nature