Con·fis·cate a. Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use; forfeited.
Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. --Shak.
Con·fis·cate 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.
adj 1: surrendered as a penalty [syn: forfeit, forfeited]
2: 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" [syn: appropriated, condemned, confiscated, seized,
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" [syn: impound, attach,