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.

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

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Contemporary Examples of complicity

Historical Examples of complicity

  • 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.


    Joseph Conrad

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


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for complicity


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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