n. pl. con·fed·er·a·cies
a. A union of persons, parties, or states; a league.
b. The persons, parties, or states joined in such a union.
c. Confederacy The Confederate States of America.
2. A group of people who have united for unlawful practices; a conspiracy.
[Middle English confederacie, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin cōnfoederātiō, cōnfoederātiōn-, agreement, from cōnfoederātus, past participle of confoederāre, to unite; see CONFEDERATE.]
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