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[adjective, noun kuh n-fed-er-it, -fed-rit; verb kuh n-fed-uh-reyt] /adjective, noun kənˈfɛd ər ɪt, -ˈfɛd rɪt; verb kənˈfɛd əˌreɪt/

united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Confederate States of America:
the Confederate army.
a person, group, nation, etc., united with others in a ; an ally.
an accomplice, especially in a mischievous or criminal act.
(initial capital letter) U.S. History. a supporter of the Confederate States of America.
verb (used with or without object), confederated, confederating.
to unite in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
noun (kənˈfɛdərɪt; -ˈfɛdrɪt)
a nation, state, or individual that is part of a confederacy
someone who is part of a conspiracy; accomplice
adjective (kənˈfɛdərɪt; -ˈfɛdrɪt)
united in a confederacy; allied
verb (kənˈfɛdəˌreɪt)
to form into or become part of a confederacy
/kənˈfɛdərɪt; -ˈfɛdrɪt/
of, supporting, or relating to the Confederate States of America
a supporter of the Confederate States of America

late 14c., from Late Latin confoederatus “leagued together,” past participle of confoederare “to unite by a league,” from com- “with, together” (see com-) + foederare, from foedus (genitive foederis) “a league” (see federal). Also used as a past participle adjective from late 14c., as a simple adjective from 1550s; meaning “of or belonging to the Confederate States of America” is from 1861. Used as a noun from late 15c. (Late Latin confoederatus also was used as a noun in its day).

A descriptive term for the institutions and people of the Confederacy.


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