What does Confederate mean?

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.


  1. confederate

    A confederate generally refers to a person, group, or organization united with others for a common purpose or in a shared effort or federation. It can also refer to an ally or accomplice, particularly in a questionable or unlawful activity. In a historical context, it is often used to describe the states that seceded from the United States during the Civil War to form the Confederate States of America.

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. John Heiser:

    With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand. His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault. his battery was under fire for an hour and a half.

  2. Bubba Wallace:

    No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. It starts with Confederate flags, get them out of here. They have no place for them.

  3. Mark Edmondson:

    Long story short, it's complicated, the Confederate battle flag is a necessary part of history and its ... important to clarify history and not fall into some politically correct retelling.

  4. Robert Lyday:

    People make too much of the Confederate flag. We need to keep it around to remember our history and learn from it, the state flies it because it is part of its history and I agree with that.

  5. George Floyd.Both Milley:

    I personally think that the original decisions to name those bases after Confederate generals... were political decisions.

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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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    A abandon
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