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tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury, especially as a penalty for wrongdoing.
2. To seize by authority: The teacher confiscated all the comic books we had in class. See Synonyms at appropriate.
adj. (kŏn′fĭ-skāt′, kən-fĭs′kət)
1. Seized by a government; appropriated.
2. Having lost property through confiscation.

[Latin cōnfiscāre, cōnfiscāt : com-, com- + fiscus, treasury.]

con′fis·ca′tion n.
con′fis·ca′tor n.
References in classic literature ?
The anger of God was now ready to fall upon his head for these daring and complicated crimes; the Emperor had already confiscated all his goods, and given the government of the kingdom of Tigre to Keba Christos, a good Catholic, who was sent with a numerous army to take possession of it.
Watson made up his mind that it was a form of gambling, forbade the game, and confiscated all the nibs in the boys' possession.
His estates were confiscated, his personal property seized, and there we were, in Germany, strangers, friendless, and in fact paupers.
That long enduring piece of canvas was confiscated by the arbitrary decree of the West Wind, to whom belong the lives of men and the contrivances of their hands within the limits of his kingdom.
This means, that you are not only free, but that your property will be restored to you; as the property of an innocent man cannot be confiscated.
In the lapse of years, the confiscated property fell into the hands of strangers; the last of whom (having a taste for the turf) discovered, in course of time, that he was in want of money.
This much-enduring man had succeeded in banishing chewing gum after a long and stormy war, had made a bonfire of the confiscated novels and newspapers, had suppressed a private post office, had forbidden distortions of the face, nicknames, and caricatures, and done all that one man could do to keep half a hundred rebellious girls in order.
Monseigneur gone, and the three strong men absolving themselves from the sin of having drawn his high wages, by being more than ready and willing to cut his throat on the altar of the dawning Republic one and indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, Monseigneur's house had been first sequestrated, and then confiscated.
They've got a dozen Sniders that ought to be confiscated.
There were a couple of forms, notched and cut and inked all over; a small deal desk perched on four legs, at which no doubt the master sat; a few dog's-eared books upon a high shelf; and beside them a motley collection of peg-tops, balls, kites, fishing-lines, marbles, half-eaten apples, and other confiscated property of idle urchins.
RAWALPINDI -- Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) Monday confiscated four truckload goods from different markets in its operation against encroachments.
Muscat: Authorities in the Sultanate's capital have taken action against street vendors selling vegetables, fruits, fish, cigarettes, and more, with over 200 kilos of wares being confiscated by Muscat Municipality (MM).