[verb kon-fuh-skeyt; adjective kuh n-fis-kit]
verb (used with object), con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing.
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
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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
Word Origin for confiscate
C16: from Latin confiscāre to seize for the public treasury, from fiscus basket, treasury
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