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confederacy

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

Simple Definition of confederacy

  • : 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

Full Definition of confederacy

plural con·fed·er·a·cies

  1. 1 :  a league or compact for mutual support or common action :  alliance

  2. 2 :  a combination of persons for unlawful purposes :  conspiracy

  3. 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

Examples of confederacy

  1. a confederacy of native tribes

  2. the last state to join the Confederacy



14th Century

First Known Use of confederacy

14th century




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