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A person who pillages and plunders, especially a pirate.

[Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit, plunder : vrij, free; see prī- in Indo-European roots + buit, booty (from Middle Dutch būte, of Middle Low German origin).]


1. a person, such as a pirate, living from plunder
2. informal a person, esp an itinerant, who seeks pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility
[C16: from Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit booty; see filibuster]


(ˈfriˌbu tər)

a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.
[1560–70; Anglicization of Dutch vrijbuiter]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freebooter - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)freebooter - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover, pirate - someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it


[ˈfriːbuːtəʳ] Nfilibustero m
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