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[kuh m-plis-it] /kəmˈplɪs ɪt/
choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for complicit
  • It was unwittingly, or perhaps wittingly, complicit in the cover-up of a scandal.
  • When colleges accept such money, they are complicit in the degradation of higher-education research.
  • Other managers were either complicit or turned a blind eye.
  • First, our hiring practices make us complicit in the problem.
  • Those complicit in such gross incompetence span both industry and government.
  • The sports audience is complicit in its own deception, downright eager to be thus misled.
  • They are complicit in the actions of this government.
  • Crooked police and migration officers are frequently complicit.
  • They would have to be truly complacent and complicit if they do nothing to clean up the sport.
  • Your posts are more consistent with one who might be complicit in the shenanigans going on, rather than one who wants it to end.
British Dictionary definitions for complicit


involved with others in reprehensible or illegal activity
Word Origin
C20: back formation from complicity
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