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Confederacy definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONFEDERACY, n. [L., a league. See Federal and Wed.]
1. A league, or covenant; a contract between two or more persons, bodies of men or states, combined in support of each other, in some act or enterprise; mutual engagement; federal compact.
The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice. A confederacy of princes to check innovation.
2. The persons, states or nations united by a league.
Virgil has a whole confederacy against him.
3. In law, a combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861 [syn: Confederacy, Confederate States, Confederate States of America, South, Dixie, Dixieland]
2: a union of political organizations [syn: confederation, confederacy, federation]
3: a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose [syn: conspiracy, confederacy]
4: a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act [syn: conspiracy, confederacy]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -cies) Date: 14th century 1. a league or compact for mutual support or common action ; alliance 2. a combination of persons for unlawful purposes ; conspiracy 3. the body formed by persons, states, or nations united by a league; specifically capitalized the 11 southern states seceding from the United States in 1860 and 1861

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 a league or alliance, esp. of confederate States. 2 a league for an unlawful or evil purpose; a conspiracy. 3 the condition or fact of being confederate; alliance; conspiracy. Etymology: ME, AF, OF confederacie (as confederate)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Confederacy Con*fed"er*a*cy, n. (Amer. Hist.) With the, the Confederate States of America.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Confederacy Con*fed"er*a*cy, n.; pl. Confederacies. [From Confederate, a.] 1. A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or common action; alliance. The friendships of the world are oft Confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasure. --Addison. He hath heard of our confederacy. --Shak. Virginia promoted a confederacy. --Bancroft. 2. The persons, bodies, states, or nations united by a league; a confederation. The Grecian common wealth, . . . the most heroic confederacy that ever existed. --Harris. Virgil has a whole confederacy against him. --Dryden. 3. (Law) A combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act, or to do a lawful act by unlawful means. See Conspiracy. Syn: League; compact; alliance; association; union; combination; confederation.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(confederacies) A confederacy is a union of states or people who are trying to achieve the same thing. They've entered this new confederacy because the central government's been unable to control the collapsing economy. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Confederation (especially of independent states), federation, league, coalition, alliance, union, federal compact.

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