(3 syl.). To forfeit to the public treasury. (Latin, con fiscus, with the tribute money.)
If thou dost shed one drop of Christian blood, Thy lands and goods are, by the laws of Venice, Confiscate to the State of Venice.
Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, iv. 1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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