from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.
- transitive v. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
- adj. Seized by a government; appropriated.
- adj. Having lost property through confiscation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To use one's authority to lay claim to and separate a possession from its holder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use; forfeited.
- transitive v. To seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate to the public use.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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.
- Forfeited and adjudged to the public treasury, as the goods of a criminal.
- Appropriated under legal authority as forfeited.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
- adj. surrendered as a penalty
Latin cōnfiscāre, cōnfiscāt : com-, com- + fiscus, treasury.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin confiscare ("to declare property of the fisc"). (Wiktionary)