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.
Con·fed·er·a·cy, n. Amer. Hist. With the, the Confederate States of America.
n 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]