confiscate confiscate  /ˈkɑn fə ˌskeɪt/


  1. (v) take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
  2. (adj) surrendered as a penalty


  1. The school board insists the principal had the right to confiscate the banner and punish the student because the language undermined its teachings about the dangers of illegal drugs.
  2. Ironically, the House bill would not confiscate the multibillion dollar bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch people last year.
  3. It said it was seeking to impose financial penalties and confiscate gains from the trades.


  1. The Dijssel-Bomb

    Eric Sprott and David Franklin   This past March, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the finance ministers of the eurozone, shocked the markets with seemingly off-the-cuff comments suggesting that the Cyprus banking solution will, “s erve as a model for dealing with future banking crises. ” 1 Depositors across Europe took a collective gasp of horror – could banks possibly confiscate depositors ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Zero Hedge

  2. NJ Bill Would Permit Police To Confiscate Phones Of Drivers Involved In Accidents

    A bill proposed in the New Jersey State Senate would permit police officers to confiscate the phones of drivers involved in accidents.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS Philadelphia

  3. TSA tries to confiscate Chewbacca's light saber

    DENVER  (NBC DFW) - Boyd, TX resident and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew had a dust-up with TSA agents in Denver when they attempted to confiscate his light saber shaped cane.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: 9 News Denver


  1. "Before the government can redistribute wealth, it has to confiscate wealth," McCain said.
    on Oct 22, 2008 By: John McCain Source: USA Today

  2. "If they refuse to surrender their arms, we will confiscate them," Qanbar told reporters at a police station in Sadr City.
    on Jun 6, 2007 By: Abboud Gambar Source: Reuters AlertNet

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