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confederate

[adjective, noun kuh n-fed-er-it, -fed-rit; verb kuh n-fed-uh-reyt]
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adjective
  1. united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Confederate States of America: the Confederate army.
noun
  1. a person, group, nation, etc., united with others in a confederacy; an ally.
  2. an accomplice, especially in a mischievous or criminal act.
  3. (initial capital letter) U.S. History. a supporter of the Confederate States of America.
verb (used with or without object), con·fed·er·at·ed, con·fed·er·at·ing.
  1. to unite in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.

Origin of confederate

1350–1400; Middle English confederat < Late Latin confoederātus (past participle of confoederāre to unite in a league), equivalent to con- con- + foeder- (stem of foedus) treaty (see fidelity) + -ātus -ate1
Related formshalf-Con·fed·er·ate, adjectivenon·con·fed·er·ate, adjective, nounpro-Con·fed·er·ate, adjectiveun·con·fed·er·at·ed, adjective

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3. associate, partner, cohort.
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-confederate

confederate

noun (kənˈfɛdərɪt, -ˈfɛdrɪt)
  1. a nation, state, or individual that is part of a confederacy
  2. someone who is part of a conspiracy; accomplice
adjective (kənˈfɛdərɪt, -ˈfɛdrɪt)
  1. united in a confederacy; allied
verb (kənˈfɛdəˌreɪt)
  1. to form into or become part of a confederacy

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin confoederātus, from confoederāre to unite by a league, from Latin com- together + foedus treaty

Confederate

adjective
  1. of, supporting, or relating to the Confederate States of America
noun
  1. a supporter of the Confederate States of America
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Word Origin and History for pro-confederate

confederate

v.

late 14c., from Late Latin confoederatus "leagued together," past participle of confoederare "to unite by a league," from com- "with, together" (see com-) + foederare, from foedus (genitive foederis) "a league" (see federal). Also used as a past participle adjective from late 14c., as a simple adjective from 1550s; meaning "of or belonging to the Confederate States of America" is from 1861. Used as a noun from late 15c. (Late Latin confoederatus also was used as a noun in its day).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pro-confederate in Culture

Confederate

A descriptive term for the institutions and people of the Confederacy.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.