Confederation vs Confederate - What's the difference?

confederation | confederate |

As nouns the difference between confederation and confederate

is that confederation is a union or alliance of states or political organizations while confederate is a member of a confederacy.

As an adjective confederate is

of, relating to, or united in a confederacy.

As a verb confederate is

to combine into a confederacy.

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Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(wikipedia confederation) (en noun)
  • A union or alliance of states or political organizations.
  • The act of forming an alliance.
  • Synonyms

    * alliance * confederacy * federation * league

    Derived terms

    * confederationism * confederationist



    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en noun)
  • a member of a confederacy
  • an accomplice in a plot
  • * Macaulay
  • He found some of his confederates in gaol.
  • (psychology) An actor who participates in a psychological experiment pretending to be a subject but in actuality working for the researcher (also known as a "stooge").
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • of, relating to, or united in a confederacy
  • banded together; allied.
  • * Shakespeare
  • All the swords / In Italy, and her confederate arms, / Could not have made this peace.


    * , Youth's Antiphony, lines 11-12 *: Hour after hour, remote from the world's throng, *: Work, contest, fame, all life's confederate pleas


  • To combine into a confederacy.
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