Definitions for accomplice
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a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
Etymology: * First attested in the 1580's.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: complice, Fr. from complex, a word in the barbarous Latin, much in use, Complices sertæ prudentius.
There were several scandalous reports industriously spread by Wood, and his accomplices, to discourage all opposition against his infamous project. Jonathan Swift.
If a tongue would be talking without a mouth, what could it have done, when it had all its organs of speech, and accomplices of sound, about it. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 247.
Childless Arturius, vastly rich before,
Thus by his losses multiplies his store,
Suspected for accomplice to the fire,
That burnt his palace but to build it higher. John Dryden, Juv. Sat.
Who, should they steal, for want of his relief,
He judg’d himself accomplice with the thief. John Dryden, Fables.
Under the English common law, an accomplice is a person who actively participates in the commission of a crime, even if they take no part in the actual criminal offense. For example, in a bank robbery, the person who points the gun at the teller and demands the money is guilty of armed robbery. Anyone else directly involved in the commission of the crime, such as the lookout or the getaway car driver, is an accomplice, even if in the absence of an underlying offense keeping a lookout or driving a car would not be an offense. An accomplice differs from an accessory in that an accomplice is present at the actual crime, and could be prosecuted even if the main criminal (the principal) is not charged or convicted. An accessory is generally not present at the actual crime, and may be subject to lesser penalties than an accomplice or principal. At law, an accomplice has the same degree of guilt as the person(s) who committed the underlying crime, and is subject to the same level of prosecution for the same crime, and faces similar criminal penalties. As such, the three accomplices to the bank robbery above can also to a degree be found guilty of armed robbery even if only one stole money. The fairness of the doctrine that the accomplice is still guilty has been subject to much discussion, particularly in cases of capital crimes. Accomplices have been prosecuted for felony murder even if the actual person who committed the murder died at the crime scene or otherwise did not face capital punishment. In jurisdictions based on the common law, the concept of an accomplice has often been heavily modified by statute, or replaced by new concepts entirely.
An accomplice is a person who knowingly, voluntarily, or intentionally assists another in the commission of a crime, either by directly participating in it or by giving advice or providing resources before or during the event. They are regarded as just as culpable as the person who actually commits the crime.
an associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory
At law, an accomplice is a person who actively participates in the commission of a crime, even though they take no part in the actual criminal offense. For example, in a bank robbery, the person who points the gun at the teller and asks for the money is guilty of armed robbery. However, anyone else directly involved in the commission of the crime, such as the lookout or the getaway car driver, is an accomplice, even though in the absence of an underlying offense keeping a lookout or driving a car would not be an offense. An accomplice differs from an accessory in that an accomplice is present at the actual crime, and could be prosecuted even if the main criminal is not charged or convicted. An accessory is generally not present at the actual crime, and may be subject to lesser penalties than an accomplice or principal. An accomplice was often referred to as an abettor. This term is not in active use in the United States, having been replaced by accomplice. At law, an accomplice has the same degree of guilt as the person he or she is assisting, is subject to prosecution for the same crime, and faces the same criminal penalties. As such, the three accomplices to the bank robbery above can also be found guilty of armed robbery even though only one stole money.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ak-kom′plis, n. an associate, esp. in crime, in modern use (with of and with before a person, and in or of before the crime). [L. ad, to, complex, -icis, joined.]
The numerical value of accomplice in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of accomplice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.
He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.
The judge charged him with being the co-author, or accomplice, of the offences committed by one of the former PWC employees.
There are precedents, facts that allow us to prosecute them for homicide, six of the accused will be charged as leaders of the attack and one as an accomplice.
Six of the accused will be charged as leaders of the attack and one as an accomplice.
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- còmpliceCatalan, Valencian
- komplic, spolupachatel, spoluviníkCzech
- Mittäterin, Komplizin, Mittäter, KomplizeGerman
- kunkulpulino, kunkulpuloEsperanto
- cinkos, bűntárs, bűnrészesHungarian
- collaboratore, correo, coadiuvante, correa, basista, compliceItalian
- соизвр́шител, соу́чесникMacedonian
- handlanger, medeplichtigeDutch
- соуча́стник, соо́бщник, соуча́стница, соо́бщница, посо́бник, посо́бницаRussian
- sokrivec, sokrivkaSlovene
- medskyldig, medhjälpare, medbrottslingSwedish
- hikedöban, kedöban, jikedöbanVolapük
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