from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A union of persons, parties, or states; a league.
- n. The persons, parties, or states joined in such a union.
- n. The Confederate States of America.
- n. A group of people who have united for unlawful practices; a conspiracy.
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- n. an alliance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or common action; alliance.
- n. The persons, bodies, states, or nations united by a league; a confederation.
- n. A combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act, or to do a lawful act by unlawful means. See Conspiracy.
- n. With the, the Confederate States of America.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contract between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or joint action of any kind; a compact, league, or alliance.
- n. An aggregation of persons, parties, states, or nations united by a league; a confederation.
- n. In law, a combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act; a conspiracy.
- n. Confederated action; coöperation; concurrence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
- n. a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
- n. a union of political organizations
- n. a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
Middle English confederacie, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin cōnfoederātiō, cōnfoederātiōn-, agreement, from cōnfoederātus, past participle of confoederāre, to unite; see confederate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)