Definition of confederacy in English:


Syllabification: con·fed·er·a·cy
Pronunciation: /kənˈfedərəsē

noun (plural confederacies)

  • 1A league or alliance, especially of confederate states.
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    • His uncle, who had shaped his career, was the foreign intelligence chief for the confederacy, during the Civil War - a man of traitorous inclinations, shall we say?
    • Estrella had never heard any of these words before, and she hadn't the slightest idea of what a federation or a confederacy was.
    • Maybe it is a federation or a confederacy with a system of power division?
  • 1.1 (the Confederacy) another term for Confederate States of America.
  • 1.2An alliance of people or groups formed for an illicit purpose.
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    • The wicked are being bound up in bundles, bound up in trusts, in unions, in confederacies.
    • The problem for natural individuals, Hobbes wrote, is that ‘the weakest has strength enough to kill the strongest, either by secret machination, or by confederacy with others.’
    • Rapidly evolving technology and the independent decisions of members of the department confederacy assure that enterprise-wide interoperability will not occur soon.


late Middle English: from Old French confederacie, based on Latin confoederare 'join together in league' (see confederation).

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