[kon-fuh-skeyt, kuhn-fis-keyt]
verb (used with object), confiscated, confiscating.
to seize as forfeited to the public domain; appropriate, by way of penalty, for public use.
to seize by or as if by authority; appropriate summarily: The border guards confiscated our movie cameras.

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 Unabridged
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confiscate (ˈkɒnfɪˌskeɪt)
1.  to seize (property), esp for public use and esp by way of a penalty
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
His estate was confiscated, and to-morrow he is to be executed.
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.
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