Confederacy

Definition of Confederacy

Con`fed´er`a`cy
n.1.A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or common action; alliance.
The friendships of the world are oft
Confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasure.
- Addison.
He hath heard of our confederacy.
- Shak.
Virginia promoted a confederacy.
- Bancroft.
2.The persons, bodies, states, or nations united by a league; a confederation.
The Grecian common wealth, . . . the most heroic confederacy that ever existed.
- Harris.
Virgil has a whole confederacy against him.
- Dryden.
3.(Law) A combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act, or to do a lawful act by unlawful means. See Conspiracy.
1.(Amer. Hist.) With the, the Confederate States of America.

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