choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.
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How to use complicit in a sentence
With his support, Reagan took action against terrorists and the states that sponsored them, including the bombing of Libya in 1986 after it was found complicit in the bombing of a Berlin disco in which two American servicemen died.George P. Shultz, counsel and Cabinet member for two Republican presidents, dies at 100 | Michael Abramowitz, David Hoffman | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
What must happen is an in-depth investigation of the Capitol Hill police, which may find some were complicit with the mob.Harvard, Stanford, Yale: Denounce sedition of your graduates | Peter Rosenstein | January 14, 2021 | Washington Blade
Others suggested that police were perhaps complicit with the insurrectionists, many of whom express pro-police beliefs.Insurrectionists Openly Planned for Weeks to Storm the Capitol. Why Were Police So Easily Overwhelmed? | Vera Bergengruen | January 7, 2021 | Time
It shows how girls are also complicit by dwelling on size themselves – and assuming that it’s linked to sexual performance and masculinity.More Penises Are Appearing On TV And In Film – But Why Are Nearly All Of Them Prosthetic? | LGBTQ-Editor | October 10, 2020 | No Straight News
Some 100,000 Christians from Mosul alone were among those who fled their homes, returning years later to live uneasily alongside Muslim residents who they saw as complicit in the attacks.Interfaith soccer teams eased Muslim-Christian tensions — to a point | Sujata Gupta | August 13, 2020 | Science News
They are both complicit in this, though my mother is the more egregious offender.
After all, doing so would make them complicit in irrationality, which is against their religion.
At the age of sixteen these bad guys chase you, often under the amused and complicit watch of policemen.
Even the five who the Nazis turned on, however, were complicit with the regime in some fashion.Top Nazis And Their Complicated Relationship With Artists | William O’Connor | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But my silence was not only wrong; I am complicit on some level in nurturing the “rape culture” that we see today in our country.
The United States could have accepted the permanent division of Europe, and been complicit in the oppression of others.
British Dictionary definitions for complicit
involved with others in reprehensible or illegal activity
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