tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury, especially as a penalty for wrongdoing.
2. To seize by authority: The teacher confiscated all the comic books we had in class. See Synonyms at appropriate.
adj. (kŏnfĭ-skāt′, kən-fĭskət)
1. Seized by a government; appropriated.
2. Having lost property through confiscation.
[Latin cōnfiscāre, cōnfiscāt : com-, com- + fiscus, treasury.]
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