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confederate

[ adjective, noun kuhn-fed-er-it, -fed-rit; verb kuhn-fed-uh-reyt ]
/ adjective, noun k蓹n藞f蓻d 蓹r 瑟t, -藞f蓻d r瑟t; verb k蓹n藞f蓻d 蓹藢re瑟t /
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Definition of confederate

adjective
united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Confederate States of America: the Confederate army.
noun
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.
verb (used with or without object), con路fed路er路at路ed, con路fed路er路at路ing.
to unite in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
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Origin of confederate

1350鈥1400; Middle English confederat<Late Latin confoeder膩tus (past participle of confoeder膩re to unite in a league), equivalent to con-con- + foeder- (stem of foedus) treaty (see fidelity) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM confederate

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British Dictionary definitions for confederate (1 of 2)

confederate

noun (k蓹n藞f蓻d蓹r瑟t, -藞f蓻dr瑟t)
a nation, state, or individual that is part of a confederacy
someone who is part of a conspiracy; accomplice
adjective (k蓹n藞f蓻d蓹r瑟t, -藞f蓻dr瑟t)
united in a confederacy; allied
verb (k蓹n藞f蓻d蓹藢re瑟t)
to form into or become part of a confederacy

Word Origin for confederate

C14: from Late Latin confoeder膩tus, from confoeder膩re to unite by a league, from Latin com- together + foedus treaty

British Dictionary definitions for confederate (2 of 2)

Confederate
/ (k蓹n藞f蓻d蓹r瑟t, -藞f蓻dr瑟t) /

adjective
of, supporting, or relating to the Confederate States of America
noun
a supporter of the Confederate States of America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for confederate

Confederate

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

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