[verb kon-fuh-skeyt; adjective kuh n-fis-kit]
- to seize as forfeited to the public domain; appropriate, by way of penalty, for public use.
- to seize by or as if by authority; appropriate summarily: The border guards confiscated our movie cameras.
- seized or appropriated, as for public use.
Origin of confiscate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- to seize (property), esp for public use and esp by way of a penalty
- seized or confiscated; forfeit
- having lost or been deprived of property through confiscation
C16: from Latin confiscāre to seize for the public treasury, from fiscus basket, treasury
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for confiscate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper