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[kom-plis] /ˈkɒm plɪs/
noun, Archaic.
an accomplice or associate.
Origin of complice
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin complice-, oblique stem of complex confederate (formation modeled on simplex simplex), equivalent to com- com- + -plex -fold Unabridged
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  • I tole him we knew who gave him dat diamond an' I was on my way to git an officer to 'rest him as a 'complice.

    The Deacon Horace C. Dale
  • Well, I aint quite sure; but suppose it would be brought in preup terus criminus; that is, 'complice 'fore the act.

    The Gold Brick

    Ann S. Stephens
  • None shall dare to call me complice, since the little I once called my own is lost.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for complice


/ˈkɒmplɪs; ˈkʌm-/
(obsolete) an associate or accomplice
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Late Latin complex partner, associate, from Latin complicāre to fold together; see complicate
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