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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.

accomplice n : a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan) [syn: {confederate}]

27 Moby Thesaurus words for "accomplice": a party to, abettor, accessary, accessory, accomplice in crime, ally, assistant, associate, coconspirator, cohort, collaborator, colleague, confederate, conspirator, copartner, cotenant, fellow, fellow conspirator, henchman, partaker, participant, participator, partner, party, shareholder, sharer, socius criminis

Accomplice \Ac*com"plice\, n. [Ac- (perh. for the article a or for L. ad) + E. complice. See {Complice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A cooperator. [R.] [1913 Webster] Success unto our valiant general, And happiness to his accomplices! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. Note: 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Abettor; accessory; assistant; associate; confederate; coadjutor; ally; promoter. See {Abettor}. [1913 Webster]

ACCOMPLICE, n. One associated with another in a crime, having guilty knowledge and complicity, as an attorney who defends a criminal, knowing him guilty. This view of the attorney's position in the matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys, no one having offered them a fee for assenting.


Conspiracy or conspirator may refer to:

conspirator n : a member of a conspiracy [syn: {coconspirator}, {plotter}, {machinator}]

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "conspirator": Benedict Arnold, Brutus, Judas, Judas Iscariot, Machiavellian, Quisling, abettor, accessory, accomplice, archtraitor, betrayer, cockatrice, coconspirator, conniver, conspirer, counterplotter, double agent, double-crosser, double-dealer, exploiter, finagler, informer, intrigant, intriguer, machinator, maneuverer, operator, opportunist, plotter, quisling, rat, schemer, serpent, snake, timeserver, traitor, treasonist, trimmer, turncoat, wire-puller

Conspirator \Con*spir"a*tor\, n. One who engages in a conspiracy; a plotter. --2 Sam. xv. 31. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • accomplice: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • accomplice: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • accomplice: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • accomplice: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • conspirator: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • conspirator: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • conspirator: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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