Confederacy Con*fed"er*a*cy, n.; pl. {Confederacies}. [From {Confederate}, a.] 1. A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or common action; alliance. [1913 Webster]

The friendships of the world are oft Confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasure. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

He hath heard of our confederacy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Virginia promoted a confederacy. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. The persons, bodies, states, or nations united by a league; a confederation. [1913 Webster]

The Grecian common wealth, . . . the most heroic confederacy that ever existed. --Harris. [1913 Webster]

Virgil has a whole confederacy against him. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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