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Topic: GROUPINGS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Late Latin
Origin: , past participle of confoederare, from Latin com- ( COM-) + foedus ( FEDERAL)

confederate

noun
     
con‧fed‧e‧rate [countable]
1 formal someone who helps someone else do something, especially something secret or illegal [= accomplice]:
The young woman was his confederate, of course.
2PPG a member of a confederacy
confederate adjective
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