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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).]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.
[1560–70; Anglicization of Dutch vrijbuiter]
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|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
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