confederacy[kən fed′ər ə sē]
- The definition of a confederacy is a union between people, states, nations or other groups for a common purpose.
An example of a confederacy is a number of households within a neighborhood forming a neighborhood watch program.
- Confederacy refers to the group of eleven southern states within the U.S. that seceded from the United States from 1861 to 1865.
An example of confederacy is the Confederate States of America which included eleven states including Texas, Alabama and Georgia.
- people, groups, nations, or states united for some common purpose
- a league or alliance formed by such a union; federation or confederation
- people united for an unlawful purpose; conspiracy
Origin of confederacyMiddle English and amp; Old French confederacie ; from Late Latin confoederatus: see confederate
- a. A union of persons, parties, or states; a league.b. The persons, parties, or states joined in such a union.c. Confederacy The Confederate States of America.
- A group of people who have united for unlawful practices; a conspiracy.
Origin of confederacyMiddle English confederacie, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin cōnfoederātiō, cōnfoederātiōn-, agreement, from cōnfoederātus, past participle of confoederāre, to unite; see Confederate .
- an alliance