- the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing: complicity in a crime.
Origin of complicity
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collusion, intrigue, implication, connivance.
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Examples from the Web for complicity
We were never asked to confront our own complicity as sponsors of the game.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
What sports pundits rarely bother to do is confront themselves, or their audiences, about their complicity in this pattern.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.
July 24, 2014
May 23, 2014
For his complicity Murmelstein has forever been branded a traitor, but for him the decision was a no-brainer.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’
February 7, 2014
If Pakistani complicity in the program was exposed, the theory went, why not at least try to downplay its negative fallout.U.S. Drone Program Needs to Be Accompanied by Hard Facts on Civilian Deaths
November 8, 2013
Was I, too, not visited with consequences of the original offence in which I had no complicity?Little Dorrit
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
What shocked him most was the implied aspersion of complicity on Mrs Anthony.
What shocked him most was the implied aspersion of complicity on Mrs. Anthony.
- the fact or condition of being an accomplice, esp in a criminal act
- a less common word for complexity
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Word Origin and History for complicity
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