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Definitions for Confederate
kənˈfɛd ər ɪt, -ˈfɛd rɪt; -ˈfɛd əˌreɪtcon·fed·er·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Confederatenoun

    a supporter of the Confederate States of America

  2. confederate, collaborator, henchman, partner in crimenoun

    someone who assists in a plot

  3. accomplice, confederateadjective

    a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)

  4. Confederateadjective

    of or having to do with the southern Confederacy during the American Civil War

    "Confederate soldiers"

  5. allied, confederate, confederativeverb

    united in a confederacy or league

  6. band together, confederateverb

    form a group or unite

    "The groups banded together"

  7. confederateverb

    form a confederation with; of nations


  1. Confederatenoun

    A supporter or resident of the Confederate States of America.

  2. Confederatenoun

    A supporter of Confederation between Newfoundland and Canada.

  3. Confederateadjective

    Of or relating to the Confederate States of America.

  4. Confederateadjective

    Of or relating to the political movement in favour of Confederation between Newfoundland and Canada.

  5. confederatenoun

    a member of a confederacy

  6. confederatenoun

    an accomplice in a plot

  7. confederatenoun

    An actor who participates in a psychological experiment pretending to be a subject but in actuality working for the researcher (also known as a 'stooge').

  8. confederateverb

    To combine into a confederacy.

  9. confederateadjective

    of, relating to, or united in a confederacy

  10. confederateadjective

    banded together; allied.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confederateadjective

    United in league.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee. Ps. lxxxiii. 5.

    All the swords
    In Italy, and her confederate arms,
    Could not have made this peace. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    While the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no farther; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate and linked together, it must need fly to providence and deity. Francis Bacon.

    Oh race confed’rate into crimes, that prove
    Triumphant o’er th’ eluded rage of Jove! Alexander Pope, Statius.

    In a confederate war, it ought to be considered which party has the deepest share in the quarrel. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Confederatenoun

    One who engages to support another; an ally.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Sir Edmond Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
    With many more confederates, are in arms. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    We still have fresh recruits in store,
    If our confederates can afford us more. John Dryden, Æn.


    To join in a league; to unite; to ally.

    Etymology: confederer, French.

    They were secretly confederated with Charles’s enemy. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

  4. To Confederateverb

    To league; to unite in a league.

    By words men come to know one another’s minds; by those they covenant and confederate. Robert South, Sermons.

    It is a confederating with him to whom the sacrifice is offered. Francis Atterbury.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confederateadjective

    united in a league; allied by treaty; engaged in a confederacy; banded together; allied

  2. Confederateadjective

    of or pertaining to the government of the eleven Southern States of the United States which (1860-1865) attempted to establish an independent nation styled the Confederate States of America; as, the Confederate congress; Confederate money

  3. Confederatenoun

    one who is united with others in a league; a person or a nation engaged in a confederacy; an ally; also, an accomplice in a bad sense

  4. Confederatenoun

    a name designating an adherent to the cause of the States which attempted to withdraw from the Union (1860-1865)

  5. Confederateverb

    to unite in a league or confederacy; to ally

  6. Confederateverb

    to unite in a league; to join in a mutual contract or covenant; to band together

  7. Etymology: [L. confoederatus, p. p. of confoederare to join by a league; con- + foederare to establish by treaty or league, fr. foedus league, compact. See Federal.]


  1. Confederate

    Confederate is an unincorporated community in Lyon County, Kentucky, United States.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confederate

    kon-fed′ėr-āt, adj. leagued together: allied.—n. one united in a league: an ally: an acomplice.—v.i. and v.t. to league together or join in a league.—ns. Confed′eracy, a league or mutual engagement: persons or states united by a league: a conspiracy; Confederā′tion, a league: alliance, esp. of princes, states, &c.—adj. Confed′erātive, of or belonging to a confederation. [L. confœderāre, -ātumcon, together, fœdus, fœdĕris, a league.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Confederate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Confederate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Confederate in a Sentence

  1. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson:

    We’ve witnessed the desecration of cherished monuments, like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Terry Fox Statue, displays of hate symbols, like the Confederate flag and the swastika, and all types of bad behavior that have taken away the freedom of our residents to live without fear, many residents have not slept for days due to the noise and disruptions. Many have been shut in by the crowds – a lockdown imposed by the protest itself.

  2. Carlos Best:

    I did witness Confederate flags on people's hats, on the back of their cars. I personally heard racial remarks made( not) only towards my people, but other races as well, and I would like to say it was a daily thing out here on the job that you had to deal with.

  3. Tim Kaine:

    I don't really think it's about Confederate flags and Confederate monuments, I would say it's more about cozying up to people who have a tradition of white supremacy, i mean, this isn't about the past, it's about the future.

  4. Kenneth Nail:

    Nikki Haley announced. Since then, at least 60 public Confederate symbols have been removed since the 2015 church shooting, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Most recently, the city of St. Louis, Mo., removed a Confedearte monument -- a 32-foot-tall granite column with a bronze sculpture -- from a park. Complicating the debate for those opposed to these moves is the involvement of hate groups like the KKK. The group is planning a rally for July 8 following a decision by the city council in Charlottesville, Va., to remove a statue of Gen. Lee Park and rename Lee Park. Meanwhile, in April, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered the removal of multiple Confederate statues. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu received brutal backlash and was forced to have heavy police presence in place when the nighttime removals began. Despite threats that people would boycott New Orleans, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not back down. These statues are not just stone and metal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a highly lauded speech after the last Confederate statue had been taken down. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that it actually stood for. But to others, like Kenneth Nail Nail, it’s not about oppression. To us, it’s not a hate thing. It’s a heritage thing and what we like to do is celebrate everyone's struggles : the blacks, the whites, the north and south.

  5. Malik Zulu Shabazz:

    The pro-Farrakhan activists used the day on Capitol Hill to denounce a resolution Rep. Todd Rokita, an Indiana Republican, proposed that condemns Farrakhan. We cannot allow a politically hypocritical political situation to exist whereas an openly racist president, Donald Trump is given a free pass and to spew racist venom and racist policies by a confederate based GOP.

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Translations for Confederate

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  • съюзнически, съюзен, заговорник, участник в конфедерация, конфедеративен, съучастникBulgarian
  • դաշնակիցArmenian
  • подставное лицо, сообщник, соучастникRussian
  • liên minhVietnamese

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. indiscernible
    • B. ultimo
    • C. incumbent
    • D. adscripted

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