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CONFEDERACY, noun [Latin , a league. See Federal and Wed.]

1. A league, or covenant; a contract between two or more persons, bodies of men or states, combined in support of each other, in some act or enterprise; mutual engagement; federal compact.

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice. A confederacy of princes to check innovation.

2. The persons, states or nations united by a league.

Virgil has a whole confederacy against him.

3. In law, a combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act.