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Related to confederacy: Iroquois Confederacy, Blackfoot Confederacy

con·fed·er·a·cy

 (kən-fĕd′ər-ə-sē)
n. pl. con·fed·er·a·cies
1.
a. A union of persons, parties, or states; a league.
b. The persons, parties, or states joined in such a union.
c. Confederacy The Confederate States of America.
2. A group of people who have united for unlawful practices; a conspiracy.

[Middle English confederacie, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin cōnfoederātiō, cōnfoederātiōn-, agreement, from cōnfoederātus, past participle of confoederāre, to unite; see confederate.]

confederacy

(kənˈfɛdərəsɪ; -ˈfɛdrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a union or combination of peoples, states, etc; alliance; league
2. (Law) a combination of groups or individuals for unlawful purposes
[C14: from Anglo-French confederacie, from Late Latin confoederātiō agreement, confederation]
conˈfederal adj

Confederacy

(kənˈfɛdərəsɪ; -ˈfɛdrəsɪ)
n
(Placename) the Confederacy another name for Confederate States of America

con•fed•er•a•cy

(kənˈfɛd ər ə si, -ˈfɛd rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. an alliance between persons, parties, states, etc., for some purpose.
2. a group of persons, parties, states, etc., united by such a confederacy.
3. a combination of persons for unlawful purposes; conspiracy.
4. the Confederacy, Confederate States of America.
[1350–1400; < Anglo-French]

Confederacy

 a combination of persons, of states or nations. See also alliance, league.
Example: confederacy of Dunces.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confederacy - the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861Confederacy - the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
slave state - any of the southern states in which slavery was legal prior to the American Civil War
Alabama, Camellia State, Heart of Dixie, AL - a state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Arkansas, Land of Opportunity, AR - a state in south central United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Everglade State, FL, Florida, Sunshine State - a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Empire State of the South, Georgia, Peach State, GA - a state in southeastern United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Louisiana, Pelican State, LA - a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Magnolia State, Mississippi, MS - a state in the Deep South on the gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate States during the American Civil War
Missouri, Show Me State, MO - a midwestern state in central United States; a border state during the American Civil War, Missouri was admitted to the Confederacy without actually seceding from the Union
NC, North Carolina, Old North State, Tar Heel State - a state in southeastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies
Palmetto State, SC, South Carolina - a state in the Deep South; one of the original 13 colonies
Tennessee, TN, Volunteer State - a state in east central United States
Lone-Star State, Texas, TX - the second largest state; located in southwestern United States on the Gulf of Mexico
Old Dominion, Old Dominion State, VA, Virginia - a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
2.confederacy - a union of political organizations
nation - a federation of tribes (especially Native American tribes); "the Shawnee nation"
Creek Confederacy - a North American Indian confederacy organized by the Muskogee that dominated the southeastern part of the United States before being removed to Oklahoma
Hanseatic League - a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669
union - a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations; "the Soviet Union"
3.confederacy - a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
band, circle, lot, set - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
coconspirator, conspirator, machinator, plotter - a member of a conspiracy
4.confederacy - a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
conspiracy of silence - a conspiracy not to talk about some situation or event; "there was a conspiracy of silence about police brutality"
agreement, understanding - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"

confederacy

noun union, league, alliance, coalition, federation, compact, confederation, covenant, bund Vienna was established as the political and cultural capital of a new confederacy of Germanic states.

confederacy

noun
An association, especially of nations for a common cause:
Translations
تَحالُف، اتِّحادُ دُوَل
konfederace
forbund
bandalag

confederacy

[kənˈfedərəsɪ] N (= alliance) → confederación f; (= plot) → complot m
the Confederacy (US) → los Estados Confederados

confederacy

[kənˈfɛdərəsi] nconfédération f

confederacy

n (Pol: = confederation) → Bündnis nt; (of nations)Staatenbund m, → Konföderation f; the Confederacy (US Hist) → die Konföderierten Staaten von Amerika

confederacy

[kənˈfɛdrəsɪ] nconfederazione f
the Confederacy (Am) → gli Stati della Confederazione

confederate

(kənˈfedərət) noun
a person who has agreed to work with others (eg on something dishonest). He and his confederates were found with stolen money in their possession.
conˈfederacy (-rəsi) plural conˈfederacies noun
a league or alliance (of states etc).
conˌfedeˈration noun
(the forming of) a league or alliance, especially of states etc.
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Heyward, perceiving that the eyes of his companion were warily fastened on the rest of the band, fell back immediately, in order to avoid the appearance of any suspicious confederacy with their leader.
With such a confederacy against her--with a knowledge so intimate of his goodness--with a conviction of his fond attachment to herself, which at last, though long after it was observable to everybody else--burst on her--what could she do?
But whatever pretensions Athelstane had to be considered as head of the Saxon confederacy, many of that nation were disposed to prefer to his the title of the Lady Rowena, who drew her descent from Alfred, and whose father having been a chief renowned for wisdom, courage, and generosity, his memory was highly honoured by his oppressed countrymen.
My master was yet wholly at a loss to understand what motives could incite this race of lawyers to perplex, disquiet, and weary themselves, and engage in a confederacy of injustice, merely for the sake of injuring their fellow-animals; neither could he comprehend what I meant in saying, they did it for hire.
Finding himself once more countermined, he returned ashamed to his camp, where a month after, being accused of a confederacy in the revolt of that prince who kept his father prisoner, he was arrested, and carried in chains to the Emperor.
A confederacy had been substituted in the place of a government, and State sovereignty had usurped the constituent sovereignty of the people.
For instance, why may not any portion of a new confederacy a year or two hence arbitrarily secede again, precisely as portions of the present Union now claim to secede from it?
the ladies had crowded round the table, where Miss Bennet was making tea, and Elizabeth pouring out the coffee, in so close a confederacy that there was not a single vacancy near her which would admit of a chair.
No," replied Grandfather; "the different colonies did not compose one nation together; it was merely a confederacy among the governments: It somewhat resembled the league of the Amphictyons, which you remember in Grecian history.
And to say the truth, there is no conduct less politic, than to enter into any confederacy with your friend's servants against their master: for by these means you afterwards become the slave of these very servants; by whom you are constantly liable to be betrayed.
I summon ye all, in the name of the Confederacy of the United Sovereign States of North America, to submit yourselves to the laws.
If I doubted, should I cast away relatives, friends, everything, for this unhappy country's sake; this unhappy country,' he cried, springing up in bed, after repeating the phrase 'unhappy country's sake' to himself, at least a dozen times, 'forsaken of God and man, delivered over to a dangerous confederacy of Popish powers; the prey of corruption, idolatry, and despotism
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