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Acco'mplice. n.s. [complice, Fr. from complex, a word in the barbarous Latin, much in use, Complices sertæ prudentius.]

  1. An associate, a partaker, usually in an ill sense.

    There were several scandalous reports industriously spread by Wood, and his accomplices, to discourage all opposition against his infamous project. Swift.

  2. A partner, or co-operator; in a sense indifferent.

    If a tongue would be talking without a mouth, what could it have done, when it had all its organs of speech, and accomplices of sound, about it. Addison. Spectator, № 247.

  3. It is used with the particle to before a thing, and with before a person.

    Childless Arturius, vastly rich before,
    Thus by his losses multiplies his store,
    Suspected for accomplice to the fire,
    That burnt his palace but to build it higher.
    Dryd. Juv. Sat.

    Who, should they steal, for want of his relief,
    He judg'd himself accomplice with the thief.
    Dryden's Fables.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Spectator (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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