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The association or banding together of two or more persons for the purpose of committing an act or furthering an enterprise that is forbidden by law, or that, though lawful in itself, becomes unlawful when made the object of the confederacy. More commonly called a conspiracy. The union of two or more independent states for the purpose of common safety or a furtherance of their mutual goals.


(Compact), noun affiliation, alignment, alliance, association, body, cartel, coalition, combination, combine, concurrence, confederation, confraternity, coterie, federation, fellowship, foedus, fusion, guild, league, pactum, set, societas, society, solidarity, trust, unification, union


(Conspiracy), noun cabal, collusion, complicity, complot, coniuratio, connivance, criminal agreement, illegal agreement, illegal compact, intrigue, plot, schemery, treasonable alliance
See also: affiliation, alliance, association, body, cabal, chamber, coaction, coalescence, collusion, committee, company, connection, connivance, consortium, conspiracy, corporation, enterprise, federation, league, partnership, pool, relationship, society, sodality, union


a combination of groups or individuals for unlawful purposes.

CONFEDERACY, intern. law. An agreement between two or more states or nations, by which they unite for their mutual protection and good. This term is applied to such agreement between two independent nations, but it is used to signify the union of different states of the same nation, as the confederacy of the states.
     2. The original thirteen states, in 1781, adopted for their federal government the "Articles of confederation and perpetual union between the States," which continued in force until the present constitution of the United States went into full operation, on the 30th day of April, 1789, when president Washington was sworn into office. Vide 1 Story on the Const. B. 2, c. 3 and 4.

CONFEDERACY, crim. law. An agreement between two or more persons to do an unlawful act, or an act, which though not unlawful in itself, becomes so by the confederacy. The technical term usually employed to signify this offence, is conspiracy. (q.v.)

CONFEDERACY, equity pleading. The fourth part of a bill in chancery usually charges a confederacy; this is either general or special.
     2. The first is by alleging a general charge of confederacy between the defendants and other persons to injure or defraud the plaintiff. The common form of the charge is, that the defendants, combining and confederating together, to and with divers other persons as yet to the plaintiff unknown, but whose names, when discovered, he prays may be inserted in the bill, and they be made parties thereto, with proper and apt words to charge them with the premises, in order to injure and oppress the plaintiff in ti e premises, do absolutely refuse, &c. Mitf. Eq. Pl. by Jeremy, 40; Coop. Eq. Pl. 9 Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 29; 1 Mont. Eq. Pl. 77; Barton, Suit in Eq. 33; Van Heyth. Eq. Drafts, 4.
     3. When it is intended to rely on a confederacy or combination as a ground of equitable jurisdiction, the confederacy must be specially charged to justify an assumption of jurisdiction. Mitf. Eq. Pl. by Jeremy, 41; Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 30.
     4. A general allegation of confederacy is now considered as mere form. Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 29; 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4169.

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A highly respectable portion of the assembly, still clinging to the confederacy of States, proposed, as a substitute for the Constitution, a mere revival of the Articles of Confederation, with a grant of additional powers to the Congress.
I admonish and forewarn ye all," continued the startled Doctor, "that I am a peaceful citizen of the before named Confederacy, or to speak with greater accuracy, Union, a supporter of the Social Compact, and a lover of good order and amity;" then, perceiving that the danger was, at least, temporarily removed, he once more raised his voice to the hostile pitch,--"I charge ye all, therefore, to submit to the laws.
Accordingly, themes and images of the Confederacy were soon adopted at the school, including the nickname "Rebels" and the Confederate battle flag.
The Texas Capitol grounds feature numerous monuments dedicated to the Confederacy, many of which espouse a whitewashed version of history.
The Confederacy could not make, move, or maintain anything.
an avenue for meaningful dialogue has been created," said Bernice Martial, Grand Chief of Confederacy of Treaty 6 Nations.
The Five Nations was a confederacy drawn from Bjorn Borg in a Wimbledon men's singles final?
On June 3, 1912, a ceremony to honor Mississippi's Women of the Confederacy with a monument was held in front of our state's new Capitol building in Jackson.
A New Orleans-based theatrical production company has plans to turn the obnoxious, overweight and very funny protagonist of ''A Confederacy of Dunces'' into a stage hero.
The governor underlined the local authority's commitment to implement the legitimate demands of the governorate's people, including the demands of Hadramout Tribes Confederacy, which has been supported by the President, stressing the need to develop a timetable for achieving their demands on the ground.
During the Civil War Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri were slave states bordering the Confederacy.
Much as in the ongoing evolution/creation debate, in which outspoken evolution proponents routinely attack the creation model with an empirical scrutiny from which they arrogantly assume evolution is exempt, Dwyer scrutinizes Abraham Lincoln and the Union cause during the War of the Rebellion while steering clear of even mentioning the preponderance of jaw-dropping Confederate source documentation that clearly exposes the Southern Confederacy for what it actually was.

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