Pronunciation: (kun-fed'ur-u-sē, -fed'ru-sē), [key]
1. an alliance between persons, parties, states, etc., for some purpose.
2. a group of persons, parties, states, etc., united by such a confederacy.
3. a combination of persons for unlawful purposes; conspiracy.
4. the Confederacy.See Confederate States of America.
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