• WordNet 3.6
    • adj confiscate surrendered as a penalty
    • v confiscate take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority "The FBI seized the drugs","The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment","The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Confiscate Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use; forfeited. "Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate ."
    • v. t Confiscate To seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate to the public use. "It was judged that he should be banished and his whole estate confiscated and seized."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • confiscate To adjudge to be forfeited to the public treasury, as the goods or estate of a traitor or other criminal, by way of penalty; appropriate, by way of penalty, to public use.
    • confiscate To take away from another by or as if by authority; appropriate summarily, as anything improperly held or obtained by another; seize as forfeited for any reason: as, to confiscate a book; the police confiscated a set of gambling implements.
    • confiscate Forfeited and adjudged to the public treasury, as the goods of a criminal.
    • confiscate Appropriated under legal authority as forfeited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Confiscate kon′fis-kāt or kon-fis′- to appropriate to the state, as a penalty: to take possession of
    • adj Confiscate forfeited to the public treasury
    • v.t Confiscate kon′fis-kāt or kon-fis′-, to appropriate to the state, as a penalty: to take possession of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. confiscatus, p. p. of confiscare, to confiscate, prop., to lay up in a chest; con-, + fiscus, basket, purse, treasury. See Fiscal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. confiscāre, -ātumcon, together, fiscus, a basket.


In literature:

They cut the operations summarily short by confiscating everything liable to duty.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
We have now gone through the first stage of Mr. Hastings's confiscation of the estates of these unhappy people.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
Defeat would bring down fresh persecutions, fresh confiscations, and greater misery upon the land.
"In the Irish Brigade" by G. A. Henty
If, on the other hand, your cause triumph, you will regain your confiscated estates, while we shall lose ours.
"Orange and Green" by G. A. Henty
Treason and Rebellion; to Seize and Confiscate the Property of Rebels raised issues under article III, section 3, clause 2.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
Assurance to the owner in return that future action by the community will not confiscate all profit resulting from his effort.
"Practical Forestry in the Pacific Northwest" by Edward Tyson Allen
Below on the sand, were the remains of a junk, confiscated for smuggling salt; it had been sawn bodily in two.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
Even when ruined by confiscations and sequestrations, they endeavored to maintain the appearance of a careless and social jollity.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
The contracting parties engaged to restore mutually all the effects seized and confiscated on both sides.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
If the mole-eyed concierge should suspect foul play with these, Simp would be turned out of doors immediately and the property confiscated.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend

In poetry:

As my worthy friend, Bruce Smith
(Bosh sir! ... Petriana myth! ...
Six hitters! ... Marriage tie! ... er - Confiscation, sir!
Um - er - break up fam'ly ties! ...
Lies, sir! Socialistic lies!
Alarming capital and immigration, sir!)
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis
Shall I dog his morning progress o'er the track-betraying dew?
Demand his dinner-basket into which my pheasant flew?
Confiscate his evening faggot under which my conies ran,
And summons him to judgment? I would sooner summons Pan.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Bear , fox & monkey confiscated in Adams County.
'Banned Booty ' turns confiscated TSA items into art.
California artist Steve Maloney turns confiscated TSA items into art in "Banned Booty ," a new exhibit opening at the Palm Springs Air Museum.
Chad Sauter's patrol car shook from the force of exploding illegal fireworks that he and a team of deputies sought to confiscate in Carson on Wednesday.
Police officers confiscated about 30 pounds of marijuana from a growing operation in a Truckee neighborhood.
A state surplus store in Harrisburg, Pa. Sells what airport security confiscates, from swords, to snow-globes, to power tools.
Confiscation of people's cellphones by law enforcement officers raises relevant questions.
The morning the news broke that film footage of Jordan Crawford dunking over LeBron had been confiscated by Nike reps, I told a friend that the story was going to be huge.
The owner of a monkey caught wandering outside a Toronto Ikea store this weekend said Tuesday the tiny primate rarely left her side until he was confiscated by authorities - and she wants him back.
A week's worth of confiscations at Miami International Airport.
Official confiscated a towel from the Chargers sidelines during the 35-24 loss to the Broncos.
Police say they confiscated crack cocaine and packaging materials during the search.
I ndonesian police have confiscated 33 endangered sea turtles believed to be headed for local restaurants on the resort island of Bali.
While this is the first firearm confiscated in Augusta this year, over 1,000 firearms have been found at TSA checkpoints nationwide.
Under the law, cops can legally destroy confiscated ATVs like these, instead of auctioning.