Confiscate vs. Expropriate

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  • Confiscate (verb)

    To use one's authority to lay claim to and separate a possession from its holder.

    "In schools it is common for teachers to confiscate electronic games and other distractions."

  • Confiscate (adjective)

    Confiscated; seized and appropriated by the government for public use; forfeit.

  • Expropriate (verb)

    To deprive a person of (their private property) for public use.


  • Confiscate (adjective)

    Seized and appropriated by the government to the public use; forfeited.

  • Confiscate

    To seize as forfeited to the public treasury; to appropriate to the public use.

  • Expropriate

    To put out of one's possession; to surrender the ownership of; also, to deprive of possession or proprietary rights.

Webster Dictionary
  • Confiscate (verb)

    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority;

    "The FBI seized the drugs"

    "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"

    "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"

  • Confiscate (adjective)

    surrendered as a penalty

  • Confiscate (adjective)

    taken without permission or consent especially by public authority;

    "the condemned land was used for a highway cloverleaf"

    "the confiscated liquor was poured down the drain"

  • Expropriate (verb)

    deprive of possessions;

    "The Communist government expropriated the landowners"

Princeton's WordNet

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