- united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Confederate States of America: the Confederate army.
- a person, group, nation, etc., united with others in a confederacy; an ally.
- an accomplice, especially in a mischievous or criminal act.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. History. a supporter of the Confederate States of America.
- to unite in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
Origin of confederate
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Examples from the Web for confederate
Yet all too often the line between Southern and Confederate can get blurred.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
In July, he gave $12.3 million to refurbish the Virginia home of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General.Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron
November 27, 2014
Gary Gallagher writes about the Union and Confederate armies.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
Close to three and a half million men fought in the war, and nearly 700,000, both Union and Confederate troops, died.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform?The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Oct 6-12, 2014
October 12, 2014
I shall take other measures; for I see you are a confederate with them.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
No, he's Federal, Confederate or guerilla as it may suit his bloody ends.
We never charge a Confederate soldier for anything; that's not our way.
At any rate I was convinced she was a good Confederate, and my heart rose.
They spotted him and a confederate slipped a hypo into his arm.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
- a nation, state, or individual that is part of a confederacy
- someone who is part of a conspiracy; accomplice
- united in a confederacy; allied
- to form into or become part of a confederacy
- of, supporting, or relating to the Confederate States of America
- a supporter of the Confederate States of America
Word Origin and History for confederate
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).
A descriptive term for the institutions and people of the Confederacy.