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Jun 29, 2012
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Words with variant spellings

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durance
suasion
versal
monish
complice

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

complice

PRONUNCIATION:
(KOM-plis)

MEANING:
noun: An associate; accomplice.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French from Latin com- (with) + plicare (to fold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root plek- (to plait), which is also the source of plait, pleat, pliant, ply, apply, deploy, display, exploit, replicate, and perplex. Earliest documented use: 1475.

USAGE:
"The Rhodesian army employed several methods to get information about the guerrillas and their complices."
Picture Coverage of the World; Transaction Publishers; 2011.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The words a father speaks to his children in the privacy of the home are not overheard at the time, but, as in whispering galleries, they will be clearly heard at the end and by posterity. -Jean Paul Richter, writer (1763-1825)

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