- 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.
transitive verbconfiscated, confiscating
- to seize (private property) for the public treasury, usually as a penalty
- to seize by or as by authority; appropriate
Origin of confiscate; from Classical Latin confiscatus, past participle of confiscare, to lay up in a chest ; from com-, together + fiscus, money basket, public treasury: see fiscal
- having property confiscated
transitive verbcon·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
- To seize (private property) for the public treasury, especially as a penalty for wrongdoing.
- To seize by authority: The teacher confiscated all the comic books we had in class. See Synonyms at appropriate.
- Seized by a government; appropriated.
- Having lost property through confiscation.
Origin of confiscateLatin cōnfiscāre, cōnfiscāt : com-, com- + fiscus, treasury.
(third-person singular simple present confiscates, present participle confiscating, simple past and past participle confiscated)
- Thy lands and goods / Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate / Unto the state of Venice.
From Latin confiscare ("to declare property of the fisc").