freebooter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n freebooter someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Freebooter One who plunders or pillages without the authority of national warfare; a member of a predatory band; a pillager; a buccaneer; a sea robber.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n freebooter One who wanders about in search of plunder; a robber; a pillager; a plunderer.
    • n freebooter Synonyms Marauder, etc. See robber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Freebooter (Dut. vrijbuiter), one who roves about freely in search of booty: a plunderer
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. vrijbuiter, fr. vrijbuiten, to plunder; vrij, free + buit, booty, akin to E. booty,. See Free, and Booty, and cf. Filibuster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

They offered, after some parley, to give each of the freebooters a bag of meal and a pair of shoes in ransom for the cattle.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
For a time the contest was doubtful, but the fates favored the freebooters.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
After all, what good could come of freebooting?
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Of the character of those freebooters I needed no certificate.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
What with the pine robbers, the freebooters and the Tories we are in daily dread of attack.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
They had also become infamous for their freebooting practices.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Never was there such a freebooter.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
About forty of the freebooters bit the dust.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
Both families were, almost without exception, notorious freebooters.
"Border Raids and Reivers" by Robert Borland
There is great talk of this old freebooter as a man of high courage: hai!
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
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In poetry:

Freebooter winds stole richest smells
From roses bursting in the gloom,
And rifled half-blown daffodils,
And lilies of perfume.
"How It Fell Calm On Summer Night" by James Barron Hope
Nevermore, gallooned with cloudy laces,
Shall the morning, like a fair freebooter,
Make thy leaves his richest treasure-places;
Nor the sunset, like a royal suitor,
Clothe thy limbs with his imperial graces.
"A Fallen Beech" by Madison Julius Cawein