Confederate

Definition of Confederate

Con`fed´er`ate
a.1.United in a league; allied by treaty; engaged in a confederacy; banded together; allied.
All the swords
In Italy, and her confederate arms,
Could not have made this peace.
- Shak.
2.(Amer. Hist.) Of or pertaining to the government of the eleven Southern States of the United States which (1860-1865) attempted to establish an independent nation styled the Confederate States of America; as, the Confederate congress; Confederate money.
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.
He found some of his confederates in gaol.
- Macaulay.
2.(Amer. Hist.) A name designating an adherent to the cause of the States which attempted to withdraw from the Union (1860-1865).
v. t.1.To unite in a league or confederacy; to ally.
[imp. & p. p. Confederated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Confederating .]
With these the Piercies them confederate.
- Daniel.
v. i.1.To unite in a league; to join in a mutual contract or covenant; to band together.
By words men . . . covenant and confederate.
- South.

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