half confederate


[adj., n. kuhn-fed-er-it, -fed-rit; v. kuhn-fed-uh-reyt]
united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Confederate States of America: the Confederate army.
a person, group, nation, etc., united with others in a confederacy; an ally.
an accomplice, especially in a mischievous or criminal act.
(initial capital letter) U.S. History. a supporter of the Confederate States of America.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), confederated, confederating.
to unite in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.

1350–1400; Middle English confederat < Late Latin confoederātus (past participle of confoederāre to unite in a league), equivalent to con- con- + foeder- (stem of foedus) treaty (see fidelity) + -ātus -ate1

half-Confederate, adjective
nonconfederate, adjective, noun
pro-Confederate, adjective
unconfederated, adjective

3. associate, partner, cohort.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To half confederate
World English Dictionary
1.  a nation, state, or individual that is part of a confederacy
2.  someone who is part of a conspiracy; accomplice
3.  united in a confederacy; allied
4.  to form into or become part of a confederacy
[C14: from Late Latin confoederātus, from confoederāre to unite by a league, from Latin com- together + foedus treaty]

Confederate (kənˈfɛdərɪt, -ˈfɛdrɪt)
1.  of, supporting, or relating to the Confederate States of America
2.  a supporter of the Confederate States of America

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1370, from O.Fr. confédérer, from L.L. confoederatus, pp. of confoederare "to unite by a league," from con- "with, together" + foedus (gen. foederis) "a league" (see federal). Also used as a pp. adj. from late 14c., as a simple adj. from 1550s; meaning "of
or belonging to the Confederate States of America" is from 1861. Used as a noun from 1540s (L.L. confoederatus also was used as a noun in its day).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary

Confederate definition

A descriptive term for the institutions and people of the Confederacy.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature