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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An associate in wrongdoing, especially one who aids or abets another in a criminal act, either as a principal or an accessory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cooperator.
  • n. An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cooperator.
  • n. An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A partner or coƶperator: not in a bad sense.
  • n. More commonly An associate in a crime; a partner or partaker in guilt.
  • n. Sometimes used with to before a thing.
  • n. Synonyms Abetter, accessory (see the definitions of these words), coadjutor, assistant, ally, confederate, associate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)

Etymologies

Alteration of complice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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