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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. a person, esp an itinerant, who seeks pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility
[C16: from Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit booty; see filibuster]
a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.
[1560–70; Anglicization of Dutch vrijbuiter]
|Noun||1.||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