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confederacy

noun con·fed·er·a·cy \kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-sē\

: a group of people, countries, organizations, etc., that are joined together in some activity or effort

the Confederacy : the group of 11 southern states that separated themselves from the U.S. during the American Civil War

plural con·fed·er·a·cies

Full Definition of CONFEDERACY

1
:  a league or compact for mutual support or common action :  alliance
2
:  a combination of persons for unlawful purposes :  conspiracy
3
:  the body formed by persons, states, or nations united by a league; specifically capitalized :  the 11 southern states seceding from the United States in 1860 and 1861
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Examples of CONFEDERACY

  1. a confederacy of native tribes
  2. the last state to join the Confederacy

First Known Use of CONFEDERACY

14th century

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CONFEDERACIES Defined for Kids

confederacy

noun con·fed·er·a·cy \kən-ˈfe-də-rə-sē\
plural con·fed·er·a·cies

Definition of CONFEDERACY for Kids

1
:  a league of persons, parties, or states
2
cap :  the eleven southern states that seceded from the United States in 1860 and 1861 to form their own government

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