To confiscate is for an authority figure to take something away, often as a penalty.(verb)
An example of confiscate is to take a student’s cell phone after they used it during classtime.
See confiscate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L confiscatus, pp. of confiscare, to lay up in a chest < com-, together + fiscus, money basket, public treasury: see fiscal
See confiscate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
Origin: Latin cōnfiscāre, cōnfiscāt
Origin: : com-, com-
Origin: + fiscus, treasury.
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