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Pronunciation:  'kânfi`skeyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  taken without permission or consent especially by public authority; "the condemned land was used for a highway cloverleaf"; "the confiscated liquor was poured down the drain"
  2. [adj]  surrendered as a penalty
  3. [v]  take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"

CONFISCATE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: appropriated, attach, condemned, confiscated, forfeit, forfeited, impound, lost, seize, seized, sequester, taken, taken over
 See Also: distrain, garnishee, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con"fis*cate\ (? or ?), a. [L. confiscatus, p. p. of
    confiscare to confiscate, prop., to lay up in a chest; con- +
    fiscus basket, purse, treasury. See {Fiscal}.]
    Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use;
          Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. --Shak.
  2. \Con"fis*cate\ (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Confiscated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confiscating}.]
    To seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate
    to the public use.
          It was judged that he should be banished and his whole
          estate confiscated and seized.           --Bacon.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accroach, annex, appropriate, arrogate, attach, collectivize, commandeer, communalize, communize, distrain, expropriate, garnish, impound, impress, levy, nationalize, preempt, press, replevin, replevy, seize, sequester, sequestrate, socialize, take, take away