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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·fed·er·a·cy n.; pl. Confederacies
 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.
 Syn: -- League; compact; alliance; association; union; combination; confederation.