What does the word confiscation mean?

Usage examples for confiscation

  1. For a time it seemed that the curtain would go down on the tragedy of Civil War only to rise immediately on the execution of the Confederate leaders and the confiscation of their property. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  2. Nearly all these had been used in some way for war purposes and were therefore subject to destruction or confiscation. – The Sequel of Appomattox A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States, Volume 32 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Walter Lynwood Fleming
  3. Castro forthwith imposed on them enormous fines which amounted practically to a confiscation of their rights. – The Hispanic Nations of the New World Volume 50 in The Chronicles Of America Series by William R. Shepherd