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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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I think the owner's main concern was for the monument's well-being in light of the current atmosphere, and we were concerned about maintaining the tranquility and peace of the cemetery," Hovey said, adding that the United Daughters of the Confederacy would decide a new location for the statue.
To the women of the Confederacy "Whose pious ministrations to our wounded soldiers soothed the last hours of those who died far from the objects of their tenderest love, whose domestic labors contributed to supply the wants of our defenders in the field, whose zealous faith in our cause shone a guiding star undimmed by the darkest clouds of war, whose fortitude sustained them under all the privations to which they were subjected, whose floral tribute annually expresses their enduring love and reverence for our sacred dead, and whose patriotism will teach their children to emulate the deeds of our revolutionary sires.
All that matters is that the lily pure Confederacy represented Christian civilization.
In Confederacy the mythic symbol that translates the farcical chaos of the plot into the intellectual discourse behind that plot is the planetary god Saturn, with whom Ignatius Reilly is connected in multiple ways.
Similarly, in 1994 Richard Simon argued that Confederacy is a study of fate and that the book's resolution repeats a medieval solution to the paradox of free will (Texas Studies in Literature & Language 36: 99-116).
The Confederacy was anchored, in part, by a social contract to protect the virtue of women and children and by the middle of the war they had failed in this objective.
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From 1861 to 1865, the United States was engaged in a bitter conflict between the rebellious states of the Confederacy in the south and the loyal states of the Union in the north.
As the well-known Copperhead and a leader of the pro-Confederacy "Peace Democrats," he was convicted of aiding the Confederacy in 1863 while campaigning for governor in Ohio.
He is a Cowboy, as I use that term, and represents the movement of the Confederacy from the East to the West.
My own family of Price had seven brothers who were descendants of Welsh forebears who fought for the Confederacy in various Alabama Regiments.

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