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confiscate

[v. kon-fuh-skeyt; adj. kuh n-fis-kit] /v. ˈkɒn fəˌskeɪt; adj. kənˈfɪs kɪt/
verb (used with object), confiscated, confiscating.
1.
to seize as forfeited to the public domain; appropriate, by way of penalty, for public use.
2.
to seize by or as if by authority; appropriate summarily:
The border guards confiscated our movie cameras.
adjective
3.
seized or appropriated, as for public use.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin confiscātus (past participle of confiscāre to seize for the public treasury), equivalent to con- con- + fisc(us) basket, moneybag, public treasury (see fiscal) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
confiscatable, adjective
confiscation, noun
confiscator, noun
nonconfiscation, noun
proconfiscation, adjective
reconfiscate, verb (used with object), reconfiscated, reconfiscating.
unconfiscated, adjective
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  • His estate was confiscated, and to-morrow he is to be executed.
  • When their goods were confiscated to him, he secretly restored them to their wives and children.
  • If the stamp is of an inferior price to what the testator ought to have made use of, his succession is confiscated.
  • Yes, it is possible to have an empty water bottle confiscated at an airport.
  • Specimens are rarely found and all bodies have been confiscated.
  • In a sting operation he confiscated video-poker machines from allegedly mob-connected taverns and put them in a secured room.
  • School officials confiscated the banner and suspended him.
  • Hand sanitizer makes it through security in one airport, then it's confiscated at another.
  • Reptile-filled suitcases confiscated at airport departure gate.
  • They then raided a patron's house, confiscated two of the artist's works and threatened the collector with four months in prison.
British Dictionary definitions for confiscated

confiscate

/ˈkɒnfɪˌskeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to seize (property), esp for public use and esp by way of a penalty
adjective
2.
seized or confiscated; forfeit
3.
having lost or been deprived of property through confiscation
Derived Forms
confiscation, noun
confiscator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin confiscāre to seize for the public treasury, from fiscus basket, treasury
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Word Origin and History for confiscated

confiscate

v.

1550s, originally, "to appropriate for the treasury," from Latin confiscatus, past participle of confiscare, from com- "together" (see com-) + fiscus "public treasury," literally "money basket" (see fiscal). Related: Confiscated; confiscating.

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