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accomplice

[uh-kom-plis] /əˈkɒm plɪs/
noun
1.
a person who knowingly helps another in a crime or wrongdoing, often as a subordinate.
Origin of accomplice
late Middle English
1475-1485
1475-85; a(c) of unclear orig. + late Middle English complice < Middle French < Medieval Latin complici- (stem of complex) partner; see complex
Can be confused
accomplice, accomplish.
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accomplice

/əˈkɒmplɪs; əˈkʌm-/
noun
1.
a person who helps another in committing a crime
Word Origin
C15: from a complice, interpreted as one word. See complice
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Word Origin and History for accomplice
n.

1580s (earlier complice, late 15c.), from Old French complice "a confederate," from Late Latin complicem (nominative complex) "partner, confederate," from Latin complicare "fold together" (see complicate). With parasitic a- on model of accomplish, etc., or perhaps by assimilation of indefinite article in phrase a complice.

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