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.
ORIGIN Latin confoederatus, from foedus 'league' .

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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 — (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. fed …   Etymology 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 — 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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