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[kuh m-plis-i-tee] /kəmˈplɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural complicities.
the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing:
complicity in a crime.
Origin of complicity
1650-60; < Late Latin complic-, stem of complex complice + -ity
Related forms
complicitous, adjective
noncomplicity, noun, plural noncomplicities.
collusion, intrigue, implication, connivance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for complicity
  • Then, you have the complicity of those easily fooled, who should know better.
  • He must simultaneously suggest offensiveness and disarm it, with an invitation to hip complicity.
  • Leaders in the region, lulled into complicity by the ease with which they had subdued their populations to date, didn't listen.
  • Up to now, the bishops have not admitted any personal complicity.
  • While the strategy originated in the industry, it could not be implemented without the complicity of the medical profession.
  • Democracy exists in continuous complicity with euphemism.
  • Negotiation with the latter all too often amounts to collaboration and even complicity.
  • Mexicans have come to see police corruption and complicity in crime as a way of life.
  • Official apathy, and sometimes complicity, have long been part of the problem.
  • Its own complicity in the violence has not been proved.
British Dictionary definitions for complicity


noun (pl) -ties
the fact or condition of being an accomplice, esp in a criminal act
a less common word for complexity
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Word Origin and History for complicity

1650s, from French complicité, from Old French complice "accomplice, comrade, companion" (14c.), from Late Latin complicem, accusative of complex "partner, confederate," from Latin complicare "to fold together" (see complicate; also cf. accomplice).

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