American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An associate in wrongdoing, especially one who aids or abets another in a criminal act, either as a principal or an accessory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A partner or coöperator: not in a bad sense.
- n. More commonly An associate in a crime; a partner or partaker in guilt. Technically, in law, any participator in an offense, whether as principal or as accessory: sometimes used of accessories only, in contradistinction to principals. It is followed by of or with before a person, and in or of before the crime: as, A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C.
- n. Sometimes used with to before a thing.
- n. Synonyms Abetter, accessory (see the definitions of these words), coadjutor, assistant, ally, confederate, associate.
- n. rare A cooperator.
- n. law An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare A cooperator.
- n. (Law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
- n. a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
- Alteration of complice. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What your really trying to accomplice is to scare others off that might be interested in finding out more about us.”
“I reckon anyone who can hide in a drawer without the aid of an accomplice is so ingenious they deserve not to be caught.”
“I believe that the Bush Administration failed to respond to serious threats against our nation, and are responsible in the way that an accomplice is guilty for the crimes he or she allowed to happen.”
“Some speculate that side kicks, two words, was a phrase derived from the outside pockets of an overcoat; in underworld slang, it referred to an accomplice.”
“But the Digger becomes a far more sinister threat when his accomplice is killed in a freak accident while en route to the money drop.”
“If, therefore, the testimony of an accomplice is necessary, he should not be tried jointly with those against whom he is expected to testify.”
“Your accomplice is a flaming skull with the ability to transform into anything from a shotgun to a motorbike.”
“My accomplice is a woman and is far from the "kamikaze messenger" type, though she is accustomed to riding a bike with drop bars.”
“Which would also explain the shot of your so-called accomplice yesterday.”
“Kellagh had called an accomplice working security on the ferries to have a trunk filled with weapons deposited belowdecks on the ferry.”
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