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Confiscate


CONFISCATE, verb transitive [Latin , a basket, hamper or bag; hence, revenue or the Emperors treasure.] To adjudge to be forfeited to the public treasury, as the goods or estate of a traitor or other criminal, by way of penalty; or to condemn private forfeited property to public use.

The estate of the rebels was seized and confiscated.

CONFISCATE, adjective Forfeited and adjudged to the public treasury, as the goods of a criminal.