complicity


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com·plic·i·ty

 (kəm-plĭs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. com·plic·i·ties
Involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or a crime.

complicity

(kəmˈplɪsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the fact or condition of being an accomplice, esp in a criminal act
2. a less common word for complexity

com•plic•i•ty

(kəmˈplɪs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.
[1650–60; < Late Latin complic-,complex complice]
com•plic′i•tous, com•plic′it, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.complicity - guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
guilt, guiltiness - the state of having committed an offense

complicity

noun collusion, conspiracy, collaboration, connivance, abetment evidence of their complicity with international terrorists
Translations
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complicity

[kəmˈplɪsɪtɪ] Ncomplicidad f (in en)

complicity

[kəmˈplɪsɪti] ncomplicité f
complicity in (= involvement in) (gen)complicité dans
She suspected him of complicity in the criminal's escape → Elle le soupçonnait de complicité dans l'évasion du criminel.; (in offence, crime)complicité de
He is charged with complicity in crimes against humanity → Il est accusé de complicité de crimes contre l'humanité.

complicity

nMittäterschaft f(in bei)

complicity

[ˌkɒmpˈlɪsɪtɪ] n (frm) → complicità f inv
References in classic literature ?
Establish a false complicity and destroy what chance of safety I have won for nothing--what folly
Certainly they are not to be accused of being the authors of the crime, but their complicity is not improbable.
He had a motive for securing your innocent complicity.
He had petitioned the bishop for an edict which expressly forbade the Bohemian women to come and dance and beat their tambourines on the place of the Parvis; and for about the same length of time, he had been ransacking the mouldy placards of the officialty, in order to collect the cases of sorcerers and witches condemned to fire or the rope, for complicity in crimes with rams, sows, or goats.
Jack stolen from the garden through complicity of new servant.
He gave us the news of the country; that it was alive with red-coats; that arms were being found, and poor folk brought in trouble daily; and that James and some of his servants were already clapped in prison at Fort William, under strong suspicion of complicity.
Lucille must go - or run the risk of arrest for complicity in the murder of Duson.
The day after my return to Lille, my brother in his turn succeeded in making his escape; I was accused of complicity, and was condemned to remain in his place till he should be again a prisoner.
Machiavelli's strong condemnation of conspiracies may get its edge from his own very recent experience (February 1513), when he had been arrested and tortured for his alleged complicity in the Boscoli conspiracy.
I am here alone with you, my lord: if divided success alarms you, if my complicity annoys you, you are armed, my lord, and here is a grave ready dug; if, on the contrary, the enthusiasm of your cause carries you away, if you are what you appear to be, if your hand in what it undertakes obeys your mind, .
That his complicity was flagrant I had no room to doubt, after Eva's own indictment of him, uttered to his face and in my hearing.
Fouquet rejected her offers with indignation, preferring the esteem of the king to complicity with such intriguers.