[ verb kon-fuh-skeyt; adjective kuhn-fis-kit ]
/ verb ˈkɒn fəˌskeɪt; adjective kənˈfɪs kɪt /
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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.



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Origin of confiscate

1525–35; <Latin confiscātus (past participle of confiscāre to seize for the public treasury), equivalent to con-con- + fisc(us) basket, moneybag, public treasury (see fiscal) + -ātus-ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for confiscate

/ (ˈkɒnfɪˌskeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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
confiscation, nounconfiscator, noun
C16: from Latin confiscāre to seize for the public treasury, from fiscus basket, treasury
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