confederacy

  • 1 Confederacy — may refer to: A Confederation, an association of sovereign states or communities. Examples include: Confederate States of America, eleven southern states of the United States of America between 1861 and 1865. Confederacy may also reference the… …

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  • 2 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. [1913 Webster] The friendships of the world are oft… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 confederacy — I (compact) noun affiliation, alignment, alliance, association, body, cartel, coalition, combination, combine, concurrence, confederation, confraternity, consolidation, coterie, federation, fellowship, foedus, fusion, guild, league, pactum, set,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 confederacy — late 14c., from Anglo Fr. confederacie (O.Fr. confederacie), from stem of L. confoederatio, from confoederare (see CONFEDERATE (Cf. confederate)). Earliest in reference to leagues of classical Greek states (Aetolian, Achaean, etc.), later of the… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 confederacy — ► NOUN (pl. confederacies) 1) a league or alliance, especially of confederate states. 2) (the Confederacy) the Confederate states of the US …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 confederacy — [kən fed′ər ə sē] n. pl. confederacies [ME & OFr confederacie < LL confoederatus: see CONFEDERATE] 1. people, groups, nations, or states united for some common purpose 2. a league or alliance formed by such a union; federation or confederation …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Confederacy — Con*fed er*a*cy, n. (Amer. Hist.) With the, the Confederate States of America. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 Confederacy — Confederacy, the also the Confederate States in the American Civil War, the southern states of the US, which fought the northern states (the Union) and lost …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 confederacy — confederacy, confederation federation, coalition, fusion, *alliance, league …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 confederacy — [n] coalition alliance, anschluss, bond, compact, confederation, conspiracy, covenant, federation, government, league, organization, union; concepts 299,301 …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 confederacy — /keuhn fed euhr euh see, fed reuh see/, n., pl. confederacies. 1. an alliance between persons, parties, states, etc., for some purpose. 2. a group of persons, parties, states, etc., united by such a confederacy. 3. a combination of persons for… …

    Universalium

  • 12 confederacy — n. 1) to form a confederacy 2) a confederacy among, between; with * * * [kən fed(ə)rəsɪ] between with a confederacy among to form a confederacy …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 confederacy — [[t]kənfe̱dərəsi[/t]] confederacies N COUNT 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 …

    English dictionary

  • 14 confederacy — UK [kənˈfed(ə)rəsɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms confederacy : singular confederacy plural confederacies a group of people, states, or political parties that are united …

    English dictionary

  • 15 confederacy — con•fed•er•a•cy [[t]kənˈfɛd ər ə si, ˈfɛd rə si[/t]] n. pl. cies 1) gov an alliance between persons, parties, states, etc., for some purpose 2) gov a group of persons, parties, states, etc., united by such a confederacy 3) a combination of… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 confederacy — federation, confederation, confederacy Federation and confederation are the more precise constitutional terms, a federation being a union of federal states and a confederation being a union of states in alliance. Confederacy is a looser term for… …

    Modern English usage

  • 17 Confederacy — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. Confederate States of America, the South, secessionists, rebel states, Southern Confederacy, Southern aristocracy, Dixie, Dixieland, the Rebs*; see also south …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 confederacy — noun (plural confederacies) 1》 a league or alliance, especially of confederate states.     ↘(the Confederacy) the Confederate States of America. 2》 a league formed for an unlawful purpose …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 confederacy — noun a confederacy of Indian tribes Syn: federation, confederation, alliance, league, association, coalition, consortium, syndicate, group, circle; bloc, axis …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 confederacy — The association or banding together of two or more persons for the purpose of committing an act or furthering an enterprise which is forbidden by law, or which, though lawful in itself, becomes unlawful when made the object of the confederacy.… …

    Black's law dictionary


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