Confiscate definition

kŏnfĭ-skāt
To seize by authority.

The teacher confiscated all the comic books we had in class.

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To seize (private property) for the public treasury, especially as a penalty for wrongdoing.
verb
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Having lost property through confiscation.
adjective
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To seize by or as by authority; appropriate.
verb
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To seize (private property) for the public treasury, usually as a penalty.
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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.

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To use one's authority to lay claim to and separate a possession from its holder.

In schools it is common for teachers to confiscate electronic games and other distractions.

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Shakespeare.

Thy lands and goods / Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate / Unto the state of Venice.

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Seized by a government; appropriated.
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Origin of confiscate

  • Latin cōnfiscāre cōnfiscāt com- com- fiscus treasury

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin confiscare ("to declare property of the fisc").

    From Wiktionary