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[kuh m-plis-i-tee] /kəmˈplɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural complicities.
the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing:
complicity in a crime.
Origin of complicity
1650-60; < Late Latin complic-, stem of complex complice + -ity
Related forms
complicitous, adjective
noncomplicity, noun, plural noncomplicities.
collusion, intrigue, implication, connivance. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for complicity
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  • Was I, too, not visited with consequences of the original offence in which I had no complicity?

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • But the miller did not suspect her of complicity in the affair.

  • It does not matter now how far his complicity may be betrayed by his papers.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • What shocked him most was the implied aspersion of complicity on Mrs Anthony.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • What shocked him most was the implied aspersion of complicity on Mrs. Anthony.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for complicity


noun (pl) -ties
the fact or condition of being an accomplice, esp in a criminal act
a less common word for complexity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for complicity

1650s, from French complicité, from Old French complice "accomplice, comrade, companion" (14c.), from Late Latin complicem, accusative of complex "partner, confederate," from Latin complicare "to fold together" (see complicate; also cf. accomplice).

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