an alliance between persons, parties, states, etc., for some purpose.
a group of persons, parties, states, etc., united by such a confederacy.
a combination of persons for unlawful purposes; conspiracy.
the Confederacy. Confederate States of America.
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How to use confederacy in a sentence
Despite their size, these confederacies did not hold elections in which individuals voted for representatives to a central governing body.Indigenous Americans ruled democratically long before the U.S. did | Bruce Bower | September 6, 2022 | Science News
The United Daughters of the confederacy would give these warm-hearted appraisals of the Christmas experience of the South’s enslaved peoples.The Grim History of Christmas for Enslaved People in the Deep South | Olivia B. Waxman | December 21, 2021 | Time
Their priority was not to lose the states of the old confederacy.As MLK faced a crisis, Kennedy and Nixon made political calculations | Nick Bryant | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
They are physical manifestations of this long history, that goes back in this particular case to the early 20th century, nostalgia for the Lost Cause and the confederacy.How 2020 Will Go Down in the History Books, According to Historians | Olivia B. Waxman | December 23, 2020 | Time
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Alexander Stephens, vice president of the confederacy, summed up the Southern attitude in his 1861 Cornerstone Speech.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern | Lloyd Green | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They severed the last railroad lifeline into Atlanta, making the Citadel of the confederacy as it was touted no longer tenable.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed | Marc Wortman | September 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And it is a situation impossible to brush under the carpet because the confederacy transformed the Union.
But that bold suggestion went nowhere with the politicians, who stalled until the idea, along with the confederacy, was dead.
While the dream of the confederacy was kept alive, the men on the battlefield on both sides perished by the tens of thousands.
They were ready to adopt the most energetic measures to repel the interference of this armed confederacy.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
The major objective of the Federal government became a clearcut one, namely, to capture Richmond, the capital of the confederacy.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
The magnificent courage and fervor of the Virginians as members of the confederacy will always be cherished by posterity.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
They relate to the culpable remissness of these Knoxville leaders in failing to volunteer in the cause of the confederacy.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
And this is the boasted liberty of the press in the Southern confederacy!Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
British Dictionary definitions for confederacy (1 of 2)
a union or combination of peoples, states, etc; alliance; league
a combination of groups or individuals for unlawful purposes
- confederal, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Confederacy (2 of 2)
the Confederacy another name for Confederate States of America
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Cultural definitions for Confederacy
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