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league

noun accord, affiliation, agreement, alliance, association, axis, band, bloc, cartel, club, coalition, collaboration, combination, combine, compact, complicity, concord, concordat, concurrence, confederacy, confederation, conjunction, cooperation, copartnership, corporation, covenant, deal, federation, fellowship, foedus, fusion, gang, group, guild, mutual undertaking, network, organization, pact, pactum, participation, partnership, pool, ring, societas, society, sodality, treaty, trust, understanding, unification, union
See also: affiliation, agreement, alliance, assemblage, associate, association, band, body, cabal, cartel, chamber, coaction, coalescence, coalition, collusion, commingle, committee, compact, company, conciliation, confederacy, conformity, connect, connection, connivance, consolidate, consolidation, consortium, contribution, cooperate, federalize, federate, federation, organization, pact, partnership, party, pool, relation, society, sodality, syndicate, union, unite

LEAGUE, measure. A league is a measure of length, which consists of three geographical miles. The jurisdiction of the United States extends into the sea a marine league. See Acts of Congress of June 5, 1794; 1 Story's L. U. S. 352; and April 20, 1818, 3 Story's L. U. S. 1694; 1 Wait's State Papers, 195. Vide Cannon Shot.

LEAGUE, crim. law, contracts. In criminal law, a league is a conspiracy to do an unlawful act. The term is but little used.
     2. In contracts it is applied to agreements between states. Leagues between states are of several kinds. 1st. Leagues offensive and defensive, by which two or more nations agree not only to defend each other, but to carry on war against their common enemies. 2d. Defensive, but not offensive, obliging each to defend the other against any foreign invasion. 3d. Leagues of simple amity, by which one contracts not to invade, injure, or offend the other; this usually includes the liberty of mutual commerce and trade, and the safe guard of merchants and traders in each others dominion. Bac. Ab. Prerogative, D 4. Vide Confederacy; Conspiracy; Peace; Truce; War.

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how chang'd From him, who in the happy Realms of Light Cloth'd with transcendent brightnes didst outshine Myriads though bright: If he whom mutual league, United thoughts and counsels, equal hope, And hazard in the Glorious Enterprize, Joynd with me once, now misery hath joynd In equal ruin: into what Pit thou seest From what highth fal'n, so much the stronger provd He with his Thunder: and till then who knew The force of those dire Arms?
There is a paragraph in it stating that I have joined some infernal Socialistic league, and I am told that there is an article in the 'Times' on the spread of Socialism, in which my name is mentioned.
Three days after my arrival, walking out of curiosity to the north-east coast of the island, I observed, about half a league off in the sea, somewhat that looked like a boat overturned.
found means to accomplish that formidable league,[9] which gave a deadly blow to the power and pride of this haughty republic.
At a league from Beauvais, where the road was confined between two high banks, they fell in with eight or ten men who, taking advantage of the road being unpaved in this spot, appeared to be employed in digging holes and filling up the ruts with mud.
Do you think," said Madame de Villefort, "that Valentine is in league with him?
there is now another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services.
Kings had need beware, how they side themselves, and make themselves as of a faction or party; for leagues within the state, are ever pernicious to monarchies: for they raise an obligation, paramount to obligation of sovereignty, and make the king tanquam unus ex nobis; as was to be seen in the League of France.
The grandmother lived out in the wood, half a league from the village, and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood, a wolf met her.
He heard soon that it was possible to join a Bible League, and wrote to London for particulars.
It remains essentially right, a pamphlet story--in support of the League to Enforce Peace.
And in fact she had not proceeded more than a league before she saw him hastening along one of the side paths of a very pretty road by the river.