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The police confiscated the stolen artwork
  to take something regardless of consent — especially by public authority
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confiscate confiscated confiscation confiscating confiscates confiscatory
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  • The police confiscated the stolen artwork
  • the confiscated liquor was poured down the drain
  • They’ll confiscate any communication or recording devices he’s got on him.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Everyone’s mobile phones were confiscated, which they said was for security reasons but may have also been to stop my father talking to the media.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala

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  • I never quite got the story straight, but it seemed that the guards frequently confiscated her head scarves.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • They evicted Jews from their apartments and moved in, confiscating their belongings.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • And every day we heard the drums and gongs that meant the Red Guards were ransacking the houses of class enemies to find and confiscate their hoarded possessions.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Cole and her folks had to have confiscated the animal.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Behind him, confiscated treasures are crammed to the ceiling: rolled tapestries, grandfather clocks, armoires, and giant landscape paintings crazed with cracks.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Somehow I had confiscated the "Fifty Favorites," a collection that included brief but famous fragments of the great composers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • But soldiers from other states were not far behind—especially states that experienced northern occupation and confiscation of property.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The announcement that the shop was confiscated.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Also they confiscate his binoculars.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Percy had no weapon—perhaps his sword had been confiscated or lost in the fighting—but he didn’t let that stop him.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • If I were Patch, and I wanted to hide something highly secretive, I wouldn’t hide it in my room, my school locker, or even my backpack, all of which could be confiscated or searched without warning.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • We’ve had to pack them into the sugarhouses and the confiscated churches, too."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • El policia confiscated yours.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • In some of them, Louie had forgotten to aim the camera away from the Norden bombsight, so Krey had to confiscate those.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • There were many houses in all parts of Molching in which he confiscated the window light from enemy eyes.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • A pickup game, shooting balls at a hoop, dribbling down the corridors until the peace officers confiscated your ball.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • His property was confiscated; his child became an orphan and a beggar.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • There are those military officers who might have considered merely capturing the dump and confiscating the explosive.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It’s a wonder Granny Logan didn’t confiscate it.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Madam Pomfrey, however, felt it might not be very hygienic, and confiscated it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • He would confiscate the remainder of Lavender’s dope.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Some of the books the Ministry’s confiscated Dad’s told me — there was one that burned your eyes out.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Mostly, the Taliban confiscated stuff, gave a kick to someone’s rear, whacked the back of a head or two.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • District 13 confiscated my tube of skin ointment for use in the hospital, and my bow and arrows because only guards have clearance to carry weapons.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • There was no need to imprison them: the Arabs simply confiscated their horses.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Anatole’s passport was confiscated at the airport.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Standard ATM machines allowed users three attempts to type a PIN before confiscating their bank card.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • We don’t want it confiscated.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • To clothe the migrants, he circumvents Mexican Customs, which inspects cars and confiscates used clothing coming into the country, in what Padre Leo believes is an attempt to protect Mexican clothing manufacturers.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Keane and his friend, a Sergeant Rossiter, confiscated a skiff and the three of them floated in Mobile Bay.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Milo was dumbfounded when he stepped down to the ground and found a contingent of armed M.P.s waiting to imprison the German pilots and confiscate their planes.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He has to believe that the police would never think of confiscating his computer.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Decree for Justifiable Confiscation gives the Ministry the power the confiscate the contents of a will-
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • TOM: Yesterday you confiscated my books!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • But the authorities confiscated all of them!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The husband heard of the affair; on their way he confiscated the two magnificent beasts which were being sent to us, and substituted these horrible animals.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • ’Yeah, yeah, yeah,’ muttered Holly, running her fingers over the rows of confiscated Retrieval equipment.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He made no answer: being occupied mentally bewailing the loss of the flute, which had been confiscated for the use of the county: so Nancy passed on to the next cell, and knocked there.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The Amazons confiscated the trio’s weapons and marched them down so many flights of stairs, Hazel lost count.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The weapon’s components, a piece of wood and a length of hard wire, were originally part of a toilet brush he’d confiscated, dismantled and hidden under his mattress.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He’d looked at the yearbook confiscated from Peter’s room-the circles around certain kids who became victims, and others who did not.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Again: those nobles who had seen the coming storm in time, and anticipating plunder or confiscation, had made provident remittances to Tellson’s, were always to be heard of there by their needy brethren.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The latter do what they please, punish them, as seems good to them, and confiscate at their will those two sorry things which they entitle their industry and their liberty.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I January 1944 The German newspapers are indignantly reporting the confiscation and removal of art treasures by the Americans in the south of Italy.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The captains showed plainly the concern they felt, the regent’s lady was downcast, and the pilgrims did not at all enjoy seeing their property confiscated.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The boat is confiscated.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
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