Origin of accomplicefrom Middle English a complice (the article a is merged, influenced, influence by accomplish) from Old French complice from Late Latin complex: see complice
The definition of an accomplice is a person who helps another person do something wrong or illegal.
The driver of a get-away-car during a bank robbery is an example of an accomplice.
One who participates in the commission of a crime without being the principal actor.
Origin of accompliceAlteration of complice
- Followed by with or of before a person and by in (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.
accomplice - Legal Definition
One who knowingly, voluntarily, or intentionally, and with common intent and criminal purpose shared with the principal offender, solicits or encourages another to commit a crime or assists or attempts to assist in its planning and execution. Normally, one’s mere presence while knowing the crime is about to be committed, without any contribution to the commission of the crime, does not make a person an accomplice. However, in some situations, knowledge combined with the failure to make an attempt to prevent the crime will make one an accomplice. An accomplice is normally regarded as just as culpable as the person who actually commits the crime. See also accessory, aid and abet, and conspiracy.
- The officer was shot and killed by Brancato's accomplice.
- The ferocious reign of the industrialist and his accomplice the banker will be over" (Salardenne, p. 93).
- The villains gained faces and personalities beyond their 'toaster' images and a man named Baltar still became an accomplice, albeit unwittingly in the new series, to the destruction of the human race.
- His son David carried on his father's legacy by terrorizing various characters, kidnapping Lily's baby and making Julia his accomplice as well as contributing to her eventual insanity.
- While you're distracted, an accomplice can snatch your wallet, briefcase, laptop or purse.