Definition of accomplice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈkʌmplɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɑːmplɪs//
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a person who helps another to commit a crime or to do something wrong See related entries: Criminals Word Originmid 16th cent.: alteration (probably by association with accompany) of Middle English complice ‘an associate’, via Old French from late Latin complex, complic- ‘allied’, from com- ‘together’ + the root of plicare ‘to fold’.Extra examples She became his unwitting accomplice in the robbery. an accomplice to murder The police suspect that he had an accomplice.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: accomplice