confederate

adjective
con·fed·er·ate | \ kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rət \

Definition of confederate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : united in a league : allied

2 capitalized : of or relating to the Confederate States of America

confederate

noun

Definition of confederate (Entry 2 of 3)

2 capitalized : an adherent of the Confederate States of America or their cause

confederate

verb
con·fed·er·ate | \ kən-ˈfe-də-ˌrāt \
confederated; confederating

Definition of confederate (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to unite in a confederacy

intransitive verb

: to band together

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Other words from confederate

Verb

confederative \kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-tiv, -də-ˌrā- \ adjective

Examples of confederate in a Sentence

Noun

the Yankees and the Confederates the police were able to track down his confederates once the thief started talking

Verb

the nations confederated in order to lower international trade barriers
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Texas has the second highest number of confederate monuments of any states in the nation still left standing at 209. Doug Criss And Elizabeth Elkin, CNN, "The state leading the way in removing Confederate monuments? Texas," 5 June 2018 Alfred Brophy, a professor at the University of Alabama Law School, discusses the legal restrictions facing cities and towns that want to remove confederate monuments and memorials. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg Law Brief: Legal Hurdles for Monument Removal (Audio)," 18 Aug. 2017 Debates raged over Dana Schutz’s abstract rendering of Emmett Till at the Whitney Biennial and the hundreds of confederate monuments throughout the nation. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "The year in visual art was a dizzying reflection of today," 14 Dec. 2017 Other lawmakers, most of them Democrats, have called for the plaque’s removal, along with a review of other confederate symbols around the Capitol grounds. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "Abbott to ask for review of Confederate plaque in Capitol," 27 Oct. 2017 As Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie vie for the governor's seat in Virginia, confederate monuments have become a significant issue ahead of the November election. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "After Charlottesville, confederate statues become hot-button issue in Virginia governor's race," 27 Oct. 2017 His flag was paid for by the Virginia Flaggers, a group that flies confederate flags along highways across Virginia. Essence.com, "Virginia Woman Puts Up Black Lives Matter Flag In Opposition To Confederate flag," 30 Sep. 2017 Museum Executive Director Shawn Gladden said other artifacts in the exhibit include letters from Union soldiers who were county residents and weapons and other items used by both Union and Confederate soldiers. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Where did it come from? The history of Howard County’s Confederate monument," 28 Aug. 2017 Huntsville police officers repeatedly separated pro- and anti-Confederate memorial protesters on the Madison County Courthouse Square Saturday. Lee Roop, AL.com, "Huntsville police separate pro- and anti-Confederate memorial protesters," 19 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But as several critics pointed out on Twitter, Anders is in fact a right-wing activist with a history of supporting confederate monuments, the Tea Party and Ron Paul. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Does criticizing Trump make his base like him more?," 24 June 2018 Mueller is examining [the Russians’] potential American confederates for the crime of conspiracy -- or, as my colleagues in the media call it, collusion. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "You've got to work it," 5 Apr. 2018 Richmond, a former capital city of the Confederacy, is not the first city that chose to replace a confederate inspired school name with that of the first African-American president. Jamie Spain, PEOPLE.com, "Virginia School Named for Confederate General Changed to Barack Obama Elementary," 19 June 2018 The next year, a New Orleans contractor hired to remove confederate monuments faced not only death threats, but the torching of his $200,000 car. Jason Silverstein, The New Republic, "The Persistence of Whitewashing," 31 May 2018 In other news: A group of protesters spent Saturday afternoon rallying to remove a confederate monument outside the DeKalb County courthouse in Decatur. Steve Burns, ajc, "Metro Atlanta man killed as gunfire breaks out at party, police say," 6 May 2018 On Sunday, activists unrelated to the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee plan to host a memorial service for Wells-Barnett at Oak Woods Cemetery as a way to counter another gathering there that spotlights confederate veterans. Lolly Bowean, chicagotribune.com, "For family of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, hopes that renewed interest translates into a monument," 20 Apr. 2018 Flying the confederate flag bothers me more—as the South attempted to secede from the same Union that the flag represents. Peter King, SI.com, "2018 NFL Draft: What Bill Belichick and the Patriots Will Do ... (We Think)," 11 Apr. 2018 Then, there were several racist incidents last fall, including confederate flag posters on bulletin boards. Fox News, "Larry Kudlow on rising trade tensions with China," 8 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Should confederate monuments be preserved or destroyed? Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Julie Mehretu Started Her Majestic New Paintings Right After The Election," 4 Sep. 2017 The Warren County monument is one of four memorials to confederate soldiers in Ohio. Cincinnati.com, "Residents demand Confederate monument be returned," 22 Aug. 2017 The jury would not be allowed to know about Tensing’s Great Smoky Mountains confederate flag T-shirt. Brandon Harris, New Republic, "Searching for Justice for Samuel DuBose," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of confederate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for confederate

Adjective

Middle English confederat, from Late Latin confoederatus, past participle of confoederare to unite by a league, from Latin com- + foeder-, foedus compact — more at federal

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confederate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confederate

: a person who helps someone do something

Confederate : a soldier, citizen, or supporter of the Confederacy during the American Civil War

confederate

adjective
con·fed·er·ate | \ kən-ˈfe-də-rət \

Kids Definition of confederate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : united in a league

2 capitalized : of or relating to the southern Confederacy Her grandfather collected Confederate stamps.

confederate

noun

Kids Definition of confederate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of a league of persons, parties, or states

3 capitalized : a soldier of or a person who sided with the southern Confederacy

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