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1A league or alliance, especially of confederate states.
federation, confederation, alliance, league, association, coalition, combine, consortium, conglomerate, cooperative, partnership, syndicate, compact, band, group, circle, ringbloc, axissociety, union, guild, fellowshipconsociation, sodalityView synonyms
- ‘The English and the nascent Indian confederacies realized that cooperation would best serve their respective interests.’
- ‘It acted as a confederacy of socialist political organisations and operated through a number of ‘co-ordinating bodies’ - some permanent, some ad-hoc.’
- ‘His uncle, who had shaped his career, was the foreign intelligence chief for the confederacy, during the Civil War - a man of traitorous inclinations, shall we say?’
- ‘Maybe it is a federation or a confederacy with a system of power division?’
- ‘In other words, a person cannot be domiciled in a federation or confederacy.’
- ‘Confederation facilitated joint warfare against other nations and confederacies in the region.’
- ‘This description was appropriate for a man who made his fortune trading with the native Indians in the Mohawk valley and the nations of the Iroquois confederacy.’
- ‘The constitution was expected by the hopeful to settle the issue between confederacy and federation.’
- ‘The town of Misarata, with the support of the powerful Bedouin tribal allies of the Wafallah confederacy, challenged Tripoli's hegemony.’
- ‘The Indonesian Government, and the Indonesian Military, are not monolithic organisations, each is composed of power blocks: more a loose confederacy of power bases controlled by different ruling families.’
- ‘At any rate, this argument is only partially true since the republic set up by the Iroquois confederacy predates Canadian confederation.’
- ‘He had to abandon his party's policy of reconstruction in the South, handing the old confederacy back to its white state governments.’
- ‘Regional tensions between chiefs from each of the three traditional confederacies have played a part.’
- ‘The co-chair called for a five-minute break so each region could consult and decide who would be the voting delegates for the confederacy and who would not.’
- ‘‘For thousands of years before Confederation we were living here, thriving and conducting the business of our nations within our own confederacies and confederations,’ he said.’
- ‘Already they were a confederacy of states with some forms of representative assemblies, however limited their powers, of citizens who wished to be independent of arbitrary external rule.’
- ‘The Wampanoag were members of a widespread confederacy of Algonkian-speaking peoples known as the League of the Delaware.’
- ‘Caught between old allegiances to the empire, on the one hand, and patriot neighbours, on the other, the confederacy splintered.’
- ‘They were actually not so much a nation as a confederacy that welcomed new member tribes, even those of a different linguistic and cultural background.’
- ‘Estrella had never heard any of these words before, and she hadn't the slightest idea of what a federation or a confederacy was.’
- 1.1another term for Confederate States of America
- 1.2An alliance of people or groups formed for an illicit purpose.
- ‘The wicked are being bound up in bundles, bound up in trusts, in unions, in confederacies.’
- ‘Rapidly evolving technology and the independent decisions of members of the department confederacy assure that enterprise-wide interoperability will not occur soon.’
- ‘The question then becomes: What was this confederacy of dunces doing to earn its massive paydays?’
- ‘For this has been the year of my initiation into what I'm discovering only now is an elite club, a secret society, an unofficial confederacy the existence of which I was up till now blithely unaware.’
- ‘The problem for natural individuals, Hobbes wrote, is that ‘the weakest has strength enough to kill the strongest, either by secret machination, or by confederacy with others.’’
Late Middle English: from Old French confederacie, based on Latin confoederare join together in league (see confederation).
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