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confiscate

[ verb kon-fuh-skeyt; adjective kuhn-fis-kit ]
/ verb 藞k蓲n f蓹藢ske瑟t; adjective k蓹n藞f瑟s k瑟t /
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verb (used with object), con路fis路cat路ed, con路fis路cat路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.
adjective
seized or appropriated, as for public use.
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Origin of confiscate

1525鈥35; <Latin confisc膩tus (past participle of confisc膩re to seize for the public treasury), equivalent to con-con- + fisc(us) basket, moneybag, public treasury (see fiscal) + -膩tus-ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for confiscate

confiscate
/ (藞k蓲nf瑟藢ske瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to seize (property), esp for public use and esp by way of a penalty
adjective
seized or confiscated; forfeit
having lost or been deprived of property through confiscation

Derived forms of confiscate

confiscation, nounconfiscator, noun

Word Origin for confiscate

C16: from Latin confisc膩re to seize for the public treasury, from fiscus basket, treasury
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