Definition of confederate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈfedərət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfedərət//
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  1. 1a person who helps somebody, especially to do something illegal or secret synonym accomplice Rokovssky was his confederate in the assassination plot.
  2. 2Confederate a person who supported the Confederate States in the American Civil War
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late (ecclesiastical) Latin confoederatus, from con- ‘together’ + foederatus, based on foedus, foeder- ‘league, covenant’.
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