Definitions for: Confederacy

[n] a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
[n] a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
[n] a union of political organizations
[n] the 11 southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861

Webster (1913) Definition: Con*fed"er*a*cy, n.; pl. Confederacies. [From
Confederate, a.]
1. A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of
men, or states, for mutual support or common action;

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.

3. (Law) A combination of two or more persons to commit an
unlawful act, or to do a lawful act by unlawful means. See

Syn: League; compact; alliance; association; union;
combination; confederation.

Con*fed"er*a*cy, n. (Amer. Hist.)
With the, the Confederate States of America.

Synonyms: Confederate States of America, confederation, conspiracy, conspiracy, Dixie, Dixieland, federation, South

See Also: agreement, AL, Alabama, band, Bluegrass State, Camellia State, circle, coconspirator, conspiracy of silence, conspirator, Creek Confederacy, Empire State of the South, Everglade State, FL, Florida, GA, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, Georgia, Hanseatic League, Heart of Dixie, Kentucky, KY, LA, Lone-Star State, lot, Louisiana, machinator, Magnolia State, Mississippi, MS, nation, NC, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Old Dominion State, Old North State, Palmetto State, Peach State, Pelican State, plotter, SC, set, slave state, South Carolina, Sunshine State, Tar Heel State, Tennessee, Texas, TN, TX, understanding, union, VA, Virginia, Volunteer State

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