confederate n 1 *partner, copartner, colleague, ally
Ana, Ant & Contrasted words: see those at ALLY
2 Confederate, conspirator, accessory, abettor, accomplice. As used in law these words all convey the idea of complicity or common guilt in a wrongful act.
Confederate is the general term applied to any person who in conjunction with others intentionally contributes to the commission of an unlawful act, whether the act be a crime or a civil injury. For civil joint wrongdoers the specific term is conspirator.
An accessory is neither the chief actor (principal) in an offense nor a person present at its performance but one who accedes to or becomes involved in its guilt by some act (as of instigating, encouraging, aiding, or concealing) either previous or subsequent to the commission of the offense. In the case of certain classes of offenses (as treason or misdemeanors) the law ordinarily recognizes no distinction between an accessory and a principal.
An abettor is one who is actually or constructively present at the commission of the deed and contributes to it by moral or physical force.
An accomplice is one who with criminal intent participates in the commission of an offense whether as principal, abettor, or accessory. Legal usage does not recognize the distinction made by laymen between principal and accomplice.

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  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, a. [L. confoederatus, p. p. of confoederare to join by a league; con + foederare to establish by treaty or league, fr. foedus league, compact. See {Federal}.] 1. United in a league; allied by treaty; engaged in a confederacy;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, v. i. To unite in a league; to join in a mutual contract or covenant; to band together. [1913 Webster] By words men . . . covenant and confederate. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confederated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confederating}.] To unite in a league or confederacy; to ally. [1913 Webster] With these the Piercies them confederate. Daniel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confederate — I noun abettor, accessory, accomplice, adjunct, adjutant, adjuvant, aid, aider, ally, assistant, associate, auxiliary, coactor, coadjutant, coadjutor, collaborator, colleague, colluder, comate, companion, comrade, confidant, confrere, consociate …   Law dictionary

  • confederate — (v.) late 14c., from L.L. confoederatus leagued together, pp. of confoederare to unite by a league, from com with, together (see COM (Cf. com )) + foederare, from foedus (gen. foederis) a league (see FEDERAL (Cf. fed …   Etymology dictionary

  • confederate — [adj] allied amalgamated, associated, combined, corporate, federal, federated, in alliance, incorporated, leagued, organized, syndicated, unionized; concept 536 confederate [n] abettor accessory, accomplice, ally, associate, coconspirator,… …   New thesaurus

  • confederate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) joined by an agreement or treaty. 2) (Confederate) denoting the southern states which separated from the US in 1860 1. ► NOUN ▪ an accomplice or fellow worker. ► VERB (usu. confederated) ▪ bring into an alliance …   English terms dictionary

  • Confederate — Con*fed er*ate, n. 1. One who is united with others in a league; a person or a nation engaged in a confederacy; an ally; also, an accomplice in a bad sense. [1913 Webster] He found some of his confederates in gaol. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confederate — [kən fed′ər it; ] for v [., kən fed′ərāt΄] adj. [ME confederat < LL confoederatus, pp. of confoederare, to unite by a league < foedus, a league: see FAITH] 1. united in a confederacy or league ☆ 2. [C ] of the Confederacy n. 1. a person,… …   English World dictionary

  • confederate — adj., n. /keuhn fed euhr it, fed rit/; v. /keuhn fed euh rayt /, adj., n., v., confederated, confederating. adj. 1. united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy. 2. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Confederate States of America: the Confederate army …   Universalium

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