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confederacy

Line breaks: con|fed¦er|acy
Pronunciation: /kənˈfɛd(ə)rəsi
 
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Definition of confederacy in English:

noun (plural confederacies)

1A league or alliance, especially of confederate states: the Italian confederacy known as the Lombard League
More example sentences
  • 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?
Synonyms
1.1 (the Confederacy) another term for Confederate States of America.
1.2A union of people or groups formed for an illicit purpose: the Yakuza is a secret confederacy of criminal fraternities
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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