AskDefine | Define confederacy

Dictionary Definition



1 the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861 [syn: Confederate States, Confederate States of America, South, Dixie, Dixieland]
2 a union of political organizations [syn: confederation, federation]
3 a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose [syn: conspiracy]
4 a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act [syn: conspiracy]

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see Confederacy



  1. an alliance

Extensive Definition

Confederacy (or Confederation) may refer to:
Confederation, an association of sovereign states or communities. Examples include:

Fictional Confederacies

See also

  • Federacy, in which some substate units enjoy more independence than the majority of the substate units
  • A Confederacy of Dunces, a novel written by John Kennedy Toole, published in 1980
  • Federation, a union comprising a number of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central government
  • Confederate Motor Company, an American manufacturer of motorcycles

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