Ac*com"plice (#), n. [Ac- (perh. for the article a or for L. ad) + E. complice. See Complice.]
Success unto our valiant general,
And happiness to his accomplices!
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
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."
Syn. -- Abettor; accessory; assistant; associate; confederate; coadjutor; ally; promoter. See Abettor.
© Webster 1913.