Confederate vs Complicity - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between confederate and complicity

is that confederate is a supporter or resident of the confederate states of america while complicity is (senseid)the state of being complicit; involvement as a partner or accomplice, especially in a crime or other wrongdoing.

As an adjective confederate

is of or relating to the confederate states of america.

confederate

English

Alternative forms

* (archaic)

Noun

(en noun)
  • a member of a confederacy
  • an accomplice in a plot
  • * Macaulay
  • He found some of his confederates in gaol.
  • (psychology) An actor who participates in a psychological experiment pretending to be a subject but in actuality working for the researcher (also known as a "stooge").
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • of, relating to, or united in a confederacy
  • banded together; allied.
  • * Shakespeare
  • All the swords / In Italy, and her confederate arms, / Could not have made this peace.

    Quotations

    * , Youth's Antiphony, lines 11-12 *: Hour after hour, remote from the world's throng, *: Work, contest, fame, all life's confederate pleas

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To combine into a confederacy.
  • ----

    complicity

    Noun

    (complicities)
  • (senseid)The state of being complicit; involvement as a partner or accomplice, especially in a crime or other wrongdoing.
  • * 1854 , , Hard Times , ch. 32:
  • He drew up a placard, offering Twenty Pounds reward for the apprehension of Stephen Blackpool, suspected of complicity in the robbery of Coketown Bank.
  • (archaic) Complexity.Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
  • * 1861 , Dr. Marx, "Musical Education and Instruction," The Musical Times , vol. 10, no. 220, p. 53:
  • How easy is it, on the other hand, to an enlightened teacher, particularly in the beginning, to elucidate the various forms of rhythm by methodical arrangement in respect of simplicity and increasing complicity or mixture!

    Synonyms

    * collusion, complicitousness, connivance

    Derived terms

    * complicitous

    References