Week 5: Complicity

This week’s “Word of the Week” is complicity. According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, complicity is a noun that means “the state of being an accomplice” or an “association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act.”  In other words, complicity means that a person or entity is somehow involved in an illegal or unethical situation with another person or entity.

Synonyms of complicity include “collusion,” connivance,” and “conspiracy.”  The adjective form of complicity is complicit.

Below are some examples of sentences from recent news articles that use the word complicity.

“Yahoo was one of the first American companies to enter China, but it’s faced criticism for its complicity with Chinese censorship and surveillance.” http://www.penn-olson.com/2011/09/20/secdev-group-issues-report-on-us-tech-companies-ethical-issues-in-china/

“The State Department on Monday denied claims of ‘complicity’ with a firm building a $7 billion US-Canada oil pipeline, made by an environmentalist group that released emails it said showed bias.” http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iAR-ADKUK5xihSJ5fPGwgImxr9Dg?docId=CNG.cc5f76b56ab63ced6a0bd74dc8327e47.6f1

“Even worse, in recent years city officials have become complicit in the obvious stretch from medicinal to recreational distribution by actually licensing dispensaries, at least some of which are almost surely engaging in illegal recreational sales.”


“The Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday heard the testimony of Egyptian Interior Minister, General Mansour Al-Issawy, in the case against ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his interior minister Habib al-Adly and six of his security chiefs, all accused of complicity in the killing of some 850 revolution martyrs in January.”

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Works Cited:
“Complicity.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 11th Ed., 2004. Print.





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