- To confiscate is for an authority figure to take something away, often as a penalty.
An example of confiscate is to take a student’s cell phone after they used it during classtime.
A teacher confiscates a students cellphone.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to seize (private property) for the public treasury, usually as a penalty
- to seize by or as by authority; appropriate
Origin: ; from Classical Latin confiscatus, past participle of confiscare, to lay up inch(es) a chest ; from com-, together plush fiscus, money basket, public treasury: see fiscal
- having property confiscated
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transitive verb con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
- To seize (private property) for the public treasury.
- To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
- Seized by a government; appropriated.
- Having lost property through confiscation.
Origin: Latin cōnfiscāre, cōnfiscāt : com-, com- + fiscus, treasury.
- conˌfis·caˈtion noun
- conˈfis·caˌtor noun
- con·fisˈca·toˌry adjective