An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
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Colleague is used always in a good sense, associate and coadjutor generally so; ally, assistant, associate, attendant, companion, helper, either in a good or a bad sense; abetter, accessory, accomplice, confederate, almost always in a bad sense. Ally is oftenest used of national and military matters, or of some other connection regarded as great and important; as, allies of despotism. Colleague is applied to civil and ecclesiastical connections; members of Congress from the same State are colleagues, even though they may be bitter opponents politically and personally. An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court is near in rank to the Chief Justice. A surgeon's assistant is a physician or medical student who shares in the treatment and care of patients; a surgeon's attendant is one who rolls bandages and the like. Follower, henchman, retainer are persons especially devoted to a chief, and generally bound to him by necessity, fee, or reward. Partner has come to denote almost exclusively a business connection. In law, an abettor (the general legal spelling) is always present, either actively or constructively, at the commission of the crime; an accessory never. An accomplice is usually a principal; an accessory never. If present, though only to stand outside and keep watch against surprise, one is an abettor, and not an accessory. At common law, an accessory implies a principal, and can not be convicted until after the conviction of the principal; the accomplice or abettor can be convicted as a principal. Accomplice and abettor have nearly the same meaning, but the former is the popular, the latter more distinctively the legal term. Compare APPENDAGE; AUXILIARY.
An accessory to the crime; before or after the fact; the accessories of a figure in a painting.
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He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.
Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act.
For Ukrainians, the significance of Paul Manafort is incredibly obvious in terms of being an accomplice to a regime that stole so much money from the country, and that was ultimately responsible for murder.
When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
Many parents, particularly those of young women, just don't report it to the police. They are too stigmatized or consider it a fait accomplice.
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- còmpliceCatalan, Valencian
- komplic, spolupachatel, spoluviníkCzech
- Komplize, Mittäter, Komplizin, MittäterinGerman
- kunkulpulino, kunkulpuloEsperanto
- bűntárs, cinkos, bűnrészesHungarian
- correo, correa, complice, basista, coadiuvante, collaboratoreItalian
- соу́чесник, соизвр́шителMacedonian
- handlanger, medeplichtigeDutch
- посо́бница, посо́бник, соо́бщница, соуча́стница, соо́бщник, соуча́стникRussian
- sokrivec, sokrivkaSlovene
- medbrottsling, medskyldig, medhjälpareSwedish
- hikedöban, jikedöban, kedöbanVolapük
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