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Many suspect the complicity of top officials.
  guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
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"Complicit" is the adjective form.
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  • Many suspect the complicity of top officials.
  • She is accused of being complicit in the crime.
  • Rather than cherish that medal, Madame, you should regard it as a symbol of your unwitting complicity with this despot who worked to death and brutalized and eventually exterminated thousands and thousands of African peoples.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • Yet for the first time I really understood how my choices made me complicit in their suffering.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • I was now complicit in the Traynors’ secret.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Sometimes you glance toward a woman and she glances toward you and there is this subtle recognition, this moment of complicity, and anything might happen after that.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The man had been innocent of any complicity in attempting to create a nuclear holocaust.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Accusation or resignation or complicity.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It seemed hardly to matter, and I was sick of the argument, sick of the fanaticism I was unable to counter or find shelter from, sick with the vision of Bobby Weed and—despite feeling no complicity whatever in the Georgia abomination—suddenly sick with a past and a place and a heritage I could neither believe in nor fathom.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She puts an arm around me, gives me a little squeeze, a squeeze of complicity, of instruction.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • The narrow, complicit smile — as if he knew where all this might one day lead.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He had a motive for securing your innocent complicity.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He had held back, and by not saying what he knew—that she was his daughter—made her complicit in his silence.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • On the same day it was given out that fresh documents had been discovered which revealed further details about Snowball’s complicity with Jones.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Appreciative eyes that communicated some complicity she was excluded from.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Kiowa, after all, had been a close friend, and for years I’ve avoided thinking about his death and my own complicity in it.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Whilst probability in some cases is against certain people being implicated, yet we cannot say definitely that any one person can be considered as cleared of all complicity.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • You could be considered complicit.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • It was proved afterwards that she had been absolutely innocent of any complicity in the crime.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • But there’s no way I can process it all so quickly—the joy of seeing Peeta alive and unharmed, his defense of my innocence in collaborating with the rebels, and his undeniable complicity with the Capitol now that he’s called for a cease-fire.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He and Mr. Elsing are under arrest for complicity in a Klan raid at Shantytown tonight.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He had, or thought that he had, a connivance, one might almost say a complicity, of events in his favor, which was equivalent to the invulnerability of antiquity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The day after my return to Lille, my brother in his turn succeeded in making his escape; I was accused of complicity, and was condemned to remain in his place till he should be again a prisoner.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • There had been no open complicity between mother and daughter, no open understanding but, though people in the house began to talk of the affair, still Mrs. Mooney did not intervene.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "It makes no matter that thou hast not taken an oath," said Don Quixote; "suffice it that I see thou art not quite clear of complicity; and whether or no, it will not be ill done to provide ourselves with a remedy."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He has dealt profoundly with the disaster that has overwhelmed our native tribal society, and has argued cogently the case of our own complicity in this disaster.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • She felt complicity—that’s neither here nor there, except as we want to revalue her ultimate stability and strength of character.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • By acting in this way, I shield you from complicity, I absolve you of all responsibility, since I myself make it impossible for you to see what you aren’t meant to see.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In exploring the social and domestic aggression that could cause a child to literally fall apart, I mounted a series of rejections, some routine, some exceptional, some monstrous, all the while trying hard to avoid complicity in the demonization process Pecola was subjected to.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • His lordship emerged to meet him and the two gentlemen appeared to exchange complicit glances before disappearing together into the drawing room.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Machiavelli’s strong condemnation of conspiracies may get its edge from his own very recent experience (February 1513), when he had been arrested and tortured for his alleged complicity in the Boscoli conspiracy.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • The only relatives who knew about it were Jose Arcadio and Rebeca, with whom Arcadio maintained close relations at that time, based not so much on kinship as on complicity.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Anyone who left behind that aura of fun and complicity?
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Smerdyakov never hinted at their complicity, though the actual murderer persisted in accusing him and declaring that he had committed the crime alone.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "Yes," said Henchard shortly, though little dreaming of Jopp’s complicity in the night’s harlequinade, and raising his eyes just sufficiently to observe that Jopp’s face was lined with anxiety.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Dismayed by her own audacity, she seized Aunt Escolastica’s arm so she would not fall, and her aunt felt the icy perspiration on her hand through the lace mitt, and she comforted her with an imperceptible sign of unconditional complicity.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I must say also that he had no embarrassment because of me; he assumed my complicity and was teaching and leading me.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Tradd said, looking at each one of us, sensing our complicity and his exclusion.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The indictment charged eleven of us with complicity in over two hundred acts of sabotage aimed at facilitatingviolent revolution and an armed invasion of the country.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He gave us the news of the country; that it was alive with red-coats; that arms were being found, and poor folk brought in trouble daily; and that James and some of his servants were already clapped in prison at Fort William, under strong suspicion of complicity.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • He had petitioned the bishop for an edict which expressly forbade the Bohemian women to come and dance and beat their tambourines on the place of the Parvis; and for about the same length of time, he had been ransacking the mouldy placards of the officialty, in order to collect the cases of sorcerers and witches condemned to fire or the rope, for complicity in crimes with rams, sows, or goats.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She was persuaded that irrepressible passion was the cause of his impatience; and being an ardent admirer of impulsiveness (when it did not lead to the spending of money) she always received him with a genial twinkle of complicity and a play of allusion to which May seemed fortunately impervious.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I’ve heard the long sigh go up, from around me, the sigh like air coming out of an air mattress, I’ve seen Aunt Lydia place her hand over the mike, to stifle the other sounds coming from behind her, I’ve leaned forward to touch the rope in front of me, in time with the others, both hands on it, the rope hairy, sticky with tar in the hot sun, then placed my hand on my heart to show my unity with the Salvagers and my consent, and my complicity in the death of this woman.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • It’ll blow apart, as Lin Biao’s conspiracy against Mao Zedong blew apart in seventy-two; and when it does, Peking will blame American and Taiwanese money in complicity with the British — as well as the silent acquiescence of the world’s leading financial institutions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He drew up a placard, offering Twenty Pounds reward for the apprehension of Stephen Blackpool, suspected of complicity in the robbery of Coketown Bank on such a night; he described the said Stephen Blackpool by dress, complexion, estimated height, and manner, as minutely as he could; he recited how he had left the town, and in what direction he had been last seen going; he had the whole printed in great black letters on a staring broadsheet; and he caused the walls to be posted with it…
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • …which went far beyond mere playfulness, and almost touched the border-line of roguery; he subtilised the refinements of good-fellowship into a wink of connivance, a hint, a hidden meaning, a secret understanding, all the mysteries of complicity in a plot, and finally exalted his assurances of friendship to the level of protestations of affection, even of a declaration of love, lighting up for us, and for us alone, with a secret and languid flame invisible by the great lady upon…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Silas was supposed to break in and steal the keystone from you in Château Villette—thus removing you from the equation without hurting you, and exonerating me from any suspicion of complicity.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The penalty for staying behind was a brutal beating for complicity in the escape.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The entire Hill is complicit in our embrace.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Was I, too, not visited with consequences of the original offence in which I had no complicity?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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