Definition of accomplice in English:



  • A person who helps another commit a crime.

    ‘an accomplice in the murder’
    • ‘The teenager was forced to hand over his phone to the first offender while his accomplice ripped a gold chain from his neck.’
    • ‘I've profiled a lot of fugitives that have had female accomplices and accessories.’
    • ‘The gunman and his accomplices then got back in the vehicle and drove off down Milkstone Road.’
    • ‘His manner belied the seriousness of the potential charges against him as an accomplice to murder.’
    • ‘The car-jacker fled in the Honda Civic while an accomplice followed in the other car in the direction of Sutton.’
    • ‘They forget that keeping silent in the face of injustice makes them accomplices of the criminals.’
    • ‘The gunman took the rifle and together with a possible accomplice was able to get away.’
    • ‘Did the murderers have accomplices within the airport security systems?’
    • ‘Police said last night that the intruder may have been working with an accomplice who waited outside the flat.’
    • ‘He went for help, using his stairlift to go downstairs, and unwittingly called on the help of the thief's two accomplices.’
    • ‘At the request of Mr Leesong trespass orders have been served on the assailant and her accomplice.’
    • ‘Is she an accomplice in the murder or did she not even know her parents had been shot?’
    • ‘Three accomplices escaped and police fear they may try the same scam again.’
    • ‘The woman then reportedly got into a car with a gunman and drove away - suggesting she was an accomplice to the murder.’
    • ‘Essie Davis plays Mrs Lovett, friend to Sweeney Todd, who becomes his accomplice in crime.’
    • ‘The accomplice of a gunman who shot a man dead in a pub may be in fear for his life, police said.’
    • ‘In a flash, instinct took over and he rushed outside to stop the thief and his accomplices in their tracks.’
    • ‘One of the thugs sprinted up Hamilton Road while his accomplice made off along Grosvenor Road.’
    • ‘The chase ended with a crash as the car carrying the gunman and his accomplice left the road.’
    • ‘The police in Amsterdam were able to round up six of his alleged accomplices after the crime, and are seeking more.’
    abetter, accessory, partner in crime, associate, confederate, collaborator, fellow conspirator, co-conspirator
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Mid 16th century: 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’.