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complicit

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Etymology

Back-formation from complicity, most likely, hence from French complicité, from complice (partner, accomplice), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] complex, complicem (partner).

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Adjective

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complicit

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  1. Involved in or compliant with some behavior, especially some activity of a questionable nature.
    • 1861, Henry M. Wheeler, The Slaves' Champion, p. 203,
      It [slavery] has set the seal of a complicit, guilty silence upon the most orthodox pulpits and the saintliest tongues, []

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References

  • complicit” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

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