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confiscate

[kon-fuh-skeyt, kuh n-fis-keyt] /ˈkɒn fəˌskeɪt, kənˈfɪs keɪt/
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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for nonconfiscation

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 nonconfiscation
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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