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



BrE BrE//kəmˈplɪsəti//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈplɪsəti//
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[uncountable] complicity (in something) (formal) the act of taking part with another person in a crime synonym collusion to be guilty of complicity in the murder evident complicity between the two brothers See related entries: Types of crime Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Middle English complice ‘an associate’, from Old French, from late Latin complex, complic- ‘allied’, from Latin complicare ‘fold together’, from com- ‘together’ + plicare ‘to fold’. Compare with accomplice.Extra examples She did not suspect him of complicity with the authorities. her alleged complicity in the bombing her complicity in a plot to kill the president the complicity between the army and drug smugglers
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