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
I believe the unproductive have no right to confiscate from the productive.
But Jesus never told people to confiscate from the rich and give to the poor, Robin Hood style.
That is why he is trying to spend every dollar he can confiscate from the American people.
A standard that allows him to 'confiscate' privately owned land ... with everybody knowing tha the biggest landlord has always been the government .. with everybody knowing that the new landlords are his family and party members
Ryan Denby, chief operations officer at Austin Rare Coins, Inc., says that some investors have become so afraid the federal government will "confiscate" bullion that they have been paying hundreds of dollars extra per ounce to buy gold coins instead.
The Port Authority replies the FAA has no right to "confiscate" the slots, which they claim as their own.
Here's a standard dictionary entry for "confiscate:"
By definition, only a person acting with property authority, such as a police officer with a warrant, can "confiscate" property.
The parent did NOT "confiscate" the tape, he stole it.
I "confiscate" phones etc. that make noises during lecture, and perhaps that just sends it so "underground" they have to concentrate more on that task.
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