oxford views updated Jun 27 2018
con·fed·er·a·cy / kənˈfedərəsē/ •
n. (pl. -cies) a league or alliance, esp. of confederate states. ∎ (the Confederacy) another term for Confederate States of America. ∎ an alliance formed for an unlawful purpose; a conspiracy.
gale views updated May 18 2018
The association or banding together of two or more persons for the purpose of committing an act or furthering an enterprise that is forbidden by law, or that, though lawful in itself, becomes unlawful when made the object of the confederacy. More commonly called a conspiracy. The union of two or more independent states for the purpose of common safety or a furtherance of their mutual goals.
gale views updated May 17 2018
a combination of persons, of states or nations. See also alliance, league.
Example: confederacy of Dunces.