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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confederacy  \Con*fed"er*a*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Confederacies}.  [From 
  {Confederate},  a.] 
  1.  A  league  or  compact  between  two  or  more  persons,  bodies  of 
  men,  or  states,  for  mutual  support  or  common  action 
  alliance. 
 
  The  friendships  of  the  world  are  oft  Confederacies 
  in  vice  or  leagues  of  pleasure.  --Addison. 
 
  He  hath  heard  of  our  confederacy.  --Shak. 
 
  Virginia  promoted  a  confederacy.  --Bancroft. 
 
  2.  The  persons,  bodies,  states,  or  nations  united  by  a 
  league;  a  confederation. 
 
  The  Grecian  common  wealth,  .  .  .  the  most  heroic 
  confederacy  that  ever  existed.  --Harris. 
 
  Virgil  has  a  whole  confederacy  against  him 
  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  (Law)  A  combination  of  two  or  more  persons  to  commit  an 
  unlawful  act  or  to  do  a  lawful  act  by  unlawful  means  See 
  {Conspiracy}. 
 
  Syn:  League;  compact;  alliance;  association;  union; 
  combination;  confederation. 




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