The teacher confiscated all the comic books we had in class.
An example of confiscate is to take a student’s cell phone after they used it during classtime.
Thy lands and goods / Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate / Unto the state of Venice.
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").