[ kuhm-plis-i-tee ]
/ kəmˈplɪs ɪ ti /

noun, plural com·plic·i·ties.

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 formscom·plic·i·tous, adjectivenon·com·plic·i·ty, noun, plural non·com·plic·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for complicity


/ (kəmˈplɪsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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



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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