noun Archaic.

an accomplice or associate.

Origin of complice

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for complice

Historical Examples of complice

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for complice



obsolete an associate or accomplice

Word Origin for complice

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin complex partner, associate, from Latin complicāre to fold together; see complicate
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