Ac*com"plice (#), n. [Ac- (perh. for the article a or for L. ad) + E. complice. See Complice.]

1.

A cooperator.

[R.]

Success unto our valiant general, And happiness to his accomplices! Shak.

2. 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." Johnson. It is followed by with or of before a person and by in (or sometimes of) before the crime; as, A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C. Dryden uses it with to before a thing. "Suspected for accomplice to the fire."

Dryden.

Syn. -- Abettor; accessory; assistant; associate; confederate; coadjutor; ally; promoter. See Abettor.

 

© Webster 1913.

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