a person who knowingly helps another in a crime or wrongdoing, often as a subordinate.

1475–85; a(c) of unclear orig. + late Middle English complice < Middle French < Medieval Latin complici- (stem of complex) partner; see complex

accomplice, accomplish. Unabridged
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accomplice (əˈkɒmplɪs, əˈkʌm-)
a person who helps another in committing a crime
[C15: from a complice, interpreted as one word. See complice]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from O.Fr. complice "a confederate," with a parasitic a- on model of accomplish, etc., or assimilation of indefinite article in phrase a complice, from L.L. complicem (nom. complex) "partner, confederate," from L. complicare "fold together" (see complicate).
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Example sentences
Public corruption is a breach of trust by federal, state, or local
  officials-often with the help of private sector accomplices.
Faculty and staff members see themselves not as accomplices but gatekeepers.
All three were accomplices to a crime, and they would have been keenly aware of
He tends to commit his crimes in public, cloaking them in patriotism and in
  effect turning his witnesses into accomplices.
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