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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of confiscare, from com- ( COM-) + fiscus ( FISCAL)

confiscate

verb
     
con‧fis‧cate [transitive]
to officially take private property away from someone, usually as a punishment:
Miss Williams confiscated all our sweets.
Many opposition supporters had their goods confiscated.
confiscation noun [uncountable and countable]
the confiscation of pornographic material

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