accessary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj accessary aiding and abetting in a crime "he was charged with being accessory to the crime"
    • n accessary someone who helps another person commit a crime
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Accessary Accompanying, as a subordinate; additional; accessory; esp., uniting in, or contributing to, a crime, but not as chief actor. See Accessory. "To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary .""Amongst many secondary and accessary causes that support monarchy, these are not of least reckoning."
    • n Accessary 277 (Law) One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense.☞ This word, as used in law, is spelt accessory by Blackstone and many others; but in this sense is spelt accessary by Bouvier, Burrill, Burns, Whishaw, Dane, and the Penny Cyclopedia; while in other senses it is spelt accessory. In recent text-books on criminal law the distinction is not preserved, the spelling being either accessary or accessory.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n accessary Same as accessory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Accessary ak-ses′ar-i or ak′ses-ar-i Same as Accessory. Accessary is now the usual spelling of both the adjective and the noun in their legal sense.
    • Accessary ak-ses′ar-i or ak′ses-ar-i, Same as Accessory. Accessary is now the usual spelling of both the adjective and the noun in their legal sense.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Accessory and LL. accessarius,

Usage

In literature:

A god's command he pleads, And makes Heav'n accessary to his deeds.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
Should it not awaken alarm to be accessary in any degree to their destruction by negligence, if not by compulsion or by bad example?
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
Why should there be Accessaries in Ravishment any more than Murder?
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
If there are any accessaries to this horrid crime, discover them.
"Trial of Mary Blandy"
Prison breakers,* also, shall be deemed accessaries after the fact, to traitors or felons whom they enlarge from prison.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
To remit a fugitive to excessive punishment is to be accessary to the crime.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
He himself had had no hand in the fraud, but were he to accept anything now from Captain Clinton he felt that he would be an accessary to it.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
They upbraided him with being accessary to the burning of the island of St. Thomas, in the West Indies.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
As accessaries in landscape, they are just to be drawn on the same principles as anything else.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
You are directly and peculiarly accessary to a degree of guilt and misery which none but the infinite mind can comprehend.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
As accessaries in landscape, they are just to be drawn on the same principles as anything else.
"The Elements of Drawing" by John Ruskin
There is no evidence that any free man of color was enlisted in the late bloody struggle in Virginia, or in any manner accessary thereto.
"Thoughts on African Colonization" by William Lloyd Garrison
No, no, I 'll not be accessary to my own death.
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
I am much indebted to the zeal and discernment of Foot-Adjutant Geraly, who was very accessary to the execution of my orders.
"Some Account of the Public Life of the Late Lieutenant-General Sir George Prevost, Bart." by E. B. Brenton
The picture may be true in spite of slips in accessary detail.
"Letters of Lord Acton" by Lord Acton
For portraits drawn from life, without any other accessaries, Gio.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. V (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
But she protested she would not be accessary to so much after-repentance; and left her.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
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In poetry:

Whatever helps an outward form may bring,
To Church-communion, it is not the thing;
Nor a Society, as such, nor place,
Nor any thing besides uniting grace:
They are but accessaries at the most,
To true communion of the Holy Ghost.
"On Church Communion - Part III." by John Byrom