confederate (v.) late 14c., from L.L. confoederatus "leagued together," pp. of confoederare "to unite by a league," from com- "with, together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + foederare, from foedus (gen. foederis) "a league" (see FEDERAL (Cf. federal)). Also used as a pp. adj. from late 14c., as a simple adj. from 1550s; meaning "of or belonging to the Confederate States of America" is from 1861. Used as a noun from late 15c. (L.L. confoederatus also was used as a noun in its day).

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  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, a. [L. confoederatus, p. p. of confoederare to join by a league; con + foederare to establish by treaty or league, fr. foedus league, compact. See {Federal}.] 1. United in a league; allied by treaty; engaged in a confederacy;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confederate — n 1 *partner, copartner, colleague, ally Ana, Ant & Contrasted words: see those at ALLY 2 Confederate, conspirator, accessory, abettor, accomplice. As used in law these words all convey the idea of complicity or common guilt in a wrongful act.… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, v. i. To unite in a league; to join in a mutual contract or covenant; to band together. [1913 Webster] By words men . . . covenant and confederate. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confederated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confederating}.] To unite in a league or confederacy; to ally. [1913 Webster] With these the Piercies them confederate. Daniel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confederate — I noun abettor, accessory, accomplice, adjunct, adjutant, adjuvant, aid, aider, ally, assistant, associate, auxiliary, coactor, coadjutant, coadjutor, collaborator, colleague, colluder, comate, companion, comrade, confidant, confrere, consociate …   Law dictionary

  • confederate — [adj] allied amalgamated, associated, combined, corporate, federal, federated, in alliance, incorporated, leagued, organized, syndicated, unionized; concept 536 confederate [n] abettor accessory, accomplice, ally, associate, coconspirator,… …   New thesaurus

  • confederate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) joined by an agreement or treaty. 2) (Confederate) denoting the southern states which separated from the US in 1860 1. ► NOUN ▪ an accomplice or fellow worker. ► VERB (usu. confederated) ▪ bring into an alliance …   English terms dictionary

  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, n. 1. One who is united with others in a league; a person or a nation engaged in a confederacy; an ally; also, an accomplice in a bad sense. [1913 Webster] He found some of his confederates in gaol. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confederate — [kən fed′ər it; ] for v [., kən fed′ərāt΄] adj. [ME confederat < LL confoederatus, pp. of confoederare, to unite by a league < foedus, a league: see FAITH] 1. united in a confederacy or league ☆ 2. [C ] of the Confederacy n. 1. a person,… …   English World dictionary

  • confederate — adj., n. /keuhn fed euhr it, fed rit/; v. /keuhn fed euh rayt /, adj., n., v., confederated, confederating. adj. 1. united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy. 2. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Confederate States of America: the Confederate army …   Universalium

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