confiscate

[kon-fuh-skeyt, kuhn-fis-keyt]
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

Origin:
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

confiscatable, adjective
confiscation, noun
confiscator, noun
nonconfiscation, noun
proconfiscation, adjective
reconfiscate, verb (used with object), reconfiscated, reconfiscating.
unconfiscated, adjective
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confiscate (ˈkɒnfɪˌskeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to seize (property), esp for public use and esp by way of a penalty
 
adj
2.  seized or confiscated; forfeit
3.  having lost or been deprived of property through confiscation
 
[C16: from Latin confiscāre to seize for the public treasury, from fiscus basket, treasury]
 
confis'cation
 
n
 
'confiscator
 
n

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confiscate
c.1533, originally, "to appropriate for the treasury," from L. confiscatus pp. of confiscare, from com- "together" + fiscus "public treasury," lit. "money basket."
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Example sentences
Any idiot could see that the better thing to do would be to study the marijuana
  that they confiscate.
Confiscate all electrical appliances and tear up the roads.
One of the citizens might decide to confiscate more than their share of the
  profits.
Although the agency has the power to lock up non-payers and to confiscate their
  driving licences, it seldom does so.
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