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    complicity

    I want to describe a relationship between two friends, very close and supportive to each other, who share their secrets and everything else. I used the word "complicity" to describe that relation but I'm afraid that it has some wrong conotation, like something criminal, I don't know. Would you help me with this. And, if you think that "complicity" is not properly used on this, would you give me an alternative? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: complicity

    I would say that they have an intimate friendship.
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    Re: complicity

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would say that they have an intimate friendship.
    Yes, but is it definitely wrong? In my native language "complicity" means some relation which is very supportive, two people who share everything, even their secrets. I know that "intimate friendship" involves all that, but I need a single word, and definitely more related with support rather than friendship. I'm sorry if I am not making myself clear.

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    Re: complicity

    You're clear but I agree with your initial thought that "complicit" is somewhat negative. It does sound like they are plotting something illegal!
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    #5

    Re: complicity

    You have a good feel for the word complicit. It means cooperation with nefarious intent, and it does have an association with criminal activity -- or at the very least with something slightly less devious, like a child and his buddy planning on skipping school.

    An intimate friendship might be good -- but sometimes it can be misconstrued as having a sexual overtone.

    A close relationship might work. In the old days, we would call them bosom buddies. But that is usually reserved for two guys who are close friends.

    If it's two girls, nowadays teens seem to like to use the acronym BFF (best friends forever).

    There's another phrase which connotes two persons with supportive and intimate knowledge of each other -- kindred spirits. It's an old phrase, but it works very well in describing two people who have a special bond.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...indred+Spirits


    If you really need just one adjective, I'd go with:

    close friends
    intimate friends
    inseparable friends


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    Last edited by lotus888; 21-Apr-2015 at 07:32.

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    Re: complicity

    "Complicit" is not correct.

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