accomplice

Definitions

  • THE BLAMELESS ACCOMPLICE
    THE BLAMELESS ACCOMPLICE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n accomplice a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Accomplice A cooperator. "Success unto our valiant general,
      And happiness to his accomplices !"
    • Accomplice (Law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory. "And thou, the cursed accomplice of his treason."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n accomplice A partner or coöperator: not in a bad sense.
    • n accomplice More commonly An associate in a crime; a partner or partaker in guilt. Technically, in law, any participator in an offense, whether as principal or as accessory: sometimes used of accessories only, in contradistinction to principals. It is followed by of or with before a person, and in or of before the crime: as, A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C.
    • n accomplice Sometimes used with to before a thing.
    • n accomplice Synonyms Abetter, accessory (see the definitions of these words), coadjutor, assistant, ally, confederate, associate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Accomplice ak-kom′plis an associate, esp. in crime, in modern use (with of and with before a person, and in or of before the crime).
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Quotations

  • Marquis de la Grange
    Marquis de la Grange
    “When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.”
  • Bess Myerson
    Bess Myerson
    “The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.”
  • George Steiner
    George%20Steiner
    “Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    Joseph%20Conrad
    “The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ac- (perh. for the article a or for L. ad) + E. complice. See Complice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, complex, -icis, joined.

Usage

In literature:

I think if you would let him come out of Blois he would not refuse you even the heads of his accomplices.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
It only remains for us, as accomplices, to get one another out of the scrape.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
The hidden accomplice held him tightly.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
Father Lustucru searched for an accomplice.
"The Story of a Cat" by Émile Gigault de La Bédollière
The coach that was waiting beyond the gates had been ordered for a Russian lady, Madame de Korff, who was Fersen's fervent accomplice.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Whether these do or do not represent secret signals by which he communicates with his accomplices remains to be seen.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
But by thus silently becoming his accomplice in the deception, she made his face flush with the crimson glow of adultery.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Nevertheless, he was under arrest for murder, or at least as an accomplice to a murder.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
You even accompanied him in his flight, and so became in a sense his accomplice.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
All that is known to us of their intercourse tends to prove that it was not the intercourse of two accomplices in crime.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I may be making myself an accomplice in some criminal scheme.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
Your accomplices have given up looking for you here.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
One was Ike Slump, the other his old-time crony and accomplice, Mort Bemis.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
The two accomplices were soon at the front-door steps of the house.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
But not so his accomplices.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Here he met many of his accomplices.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Some circumstances seem to indicate that Charles was not an accomplice with his mother in the attempt upon the life of the admiral.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
In short, he must not, under the pretext of medical secrecy, become an accomplice of harmful acts or crimes.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Thou art an accomplice in my daughter's flight.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
Was that the way the idiot had been tricked into becoming an accomplice?
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew
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In poetry:

It shall be, then, upon a summer's day:
The sun, my joy's accomplice, bright shall shine,
And add, amid your silk and satin fine,
To your dear radiance still another ray;
"It Shall Be, Then, Upon A Summer's Day" by Paul Verlaine
AURELIUS.
Recollect Polemius bade us,
When we seized them, to envelope
Each one's face, that so, the Christians,
Their accomplices and fellows,
Should not know or recognize them.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

The loss of life would have been greater still, if the guards hadn't spotter the bomber and his accomplice first.
Monroe County authorities unmask female robber, accomplice.
This man failed to escape an alleged robbery of a pot dispensary Wednesday night when his accomplices escaped through the door.
Sherman Powell, once accused of being an accomplice in the shooting of Keith Dressel, was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday after facing charges of aggravated possession of drugs and drug trafficking.
The banks and politicians are accomplices.
A 31-year-old Southern California man and three alleged accomplices agreed to be transferred in custody from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to face charges in a quadruple weekend slaying outside a crowded rental house in Northridge.
Winter Park Police are on the lookout for this man who along with an accomplice is suspected of stealing three cars at Luxury Cars on 1965 W Fairbanks Avenue.
Murder accomplice freed, conviction dismissed after fingerprint error found.
MCT The latest caveat in the Carmelo Anthony-to-Nets negotiations say Anthony needs an accomplice to come with him.
The two shooting victims were dropped off at the Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa shortly before 7:30 pm by two accomplices in the attempted robbery, police believe.
A northern Kentucky prosecutor is urging the state parole board to keep the accomplice of a death row inmate behind bars.
CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison as an accomplice in the killing of unarmed demonstrators during the protests that ended his nearly 30-year rule.
Accomplice gets 17-year term for shooting in Cheektowaga.
Police arrest man in break- in that turned fatal for accomplice.
Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble said Friday that efforts would be focused on finding possible accomplices.
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In science:

Both arsonists together provide the explanation in that case; identifying arsonist 1 would only trigger a further quest for the identity of her accomplice.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
And when he was examined, as to his accomplices, and as to the arms which he was taking to Lipara, he named all the friends of the tyrant as his accomplices, wishing to make him feel himself alone.
Zeno meets modern science
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