What is the difference between "complice" and "accomplice"?

Both means an associate person during some act or something.

But what is the difference?

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The difference is that no one says complice. I didn't even know it was a word until I looked it up just now. The Free Dictionary lists complice as archaic.

com·plice (kmpls) n. Archaic

An associate; an accomplice.

Just use accomplice.

  • So, does it mean that only highly educated people will understand and this word is reserved for the academia soil?
    – Derfder
    Aug 29, 2013 at 15:00
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    @Derfder I'm not sure it would even be used in academia. Archaic doesn't really mean it's used in academia; it means it's pretty much never used. Though it's worth mentioning that the similar word complicit is actually quite common.
    – WendiKidd
    Aug 29, 2013 at 15:01
  • Some fiction will use archaic words in order to sound old or alien. @WendiKidd is right that "accomplice" has completely replaced "complice" in normal speech.
    – Dane
    Aug 29, 2013 at 17:42

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