Definition of Confederacy

1. Noun. The southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861.

2. Noun. A union of political organizations.
Exact synonyms: Confederation, Federation
Specialized synonyms: Nation, Creek Confederacy, Hanseatic League
Generic synonyms: Union
Derivative terms: Confederate, Confederate, Federate

3. Noun. A group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose.
Exact synonyms: Conspiracy
Generic synonyms: Band, Circle, Lot, Set
Member holonyms: Coconspirator, Conspirator, Machinator, Plotter
Derivative terms: Conspiratorial

4. Noun. A secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act.
Exact synonyms: Conspiracy
Specialized synonyms: Conspiracy Of Silence
Generic synonyms: Agreement, Understanding
Derivative terms: Conspiratorial, Conspire

Definition of Confederacy

1. n. A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or common action; alliance.

2. n. With the, the Confederate States of America.

Definition of Confederacy

1. Proper noun. (historical) the informal name for the w:Confederate States of America Confederate States of America, the collection of American states that secede seceded from the United States in 1861, and fought against the Union in the American Civil War. ¹

2. Noun. an alliance ¹

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Definition of Confederacy

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Literary usage of Confederacy

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1. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1866)
"How tho cause of tho confederacy was in danger.—PROPOSITION TO ARM THE SLAVES or -THE SOUTH.— Indicative of n desperate condition of the public mind. ..."

2. A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great by John Bagnell Bury (1900)
"THE confederacy OF DELOS The lukewarmness of Sparta, exhibited in her failure ... Thus was formed the voluntary confederacy on which an Athenian empire Con- ..."

3. Outcome of the Civil War, 1863-1865 by James Kendall Hosmer (1907)
"CHAPTER X THE confederacy ON THE SEA (1861-1864) THROUGHOUT all its immense extent of coast and numerous rivers, the confederacy was compelled in naval ..."

4. Great Debates in American History: From the Debates in the British by Marion Mills Miller, United States Congress, Great Britain Parliament (1913)
"C.: "Virginia Will Join the confederacy"—Resignation of Federal Officers in South Carolina—Address of Governor Beriah Magoffin [Ky.] to the Southern States: ..."

5. The Age of the Reformation by Preserved Smith (1920)
"Politically, the confederacy arose in a popular revolt against the House of ... Allied to this German confederacy were two Romance-speaking states of a ..."

6. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The decadence of that disorderly confederacy offered an opportunity and a justification for intervention. He determined to act boldly and decisively. ..."

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