freebooter

A freebooter is a looter or raider. Freebooters are pirates.

Originally, freebooters were pirates: roaming scoundrels who sailed the seas in search of spoils or plunder. In other words, freebooters robbed other ships. The term is now also used for people who steal in other settings. Freebooters, in any case, are robbers. The booty may be free for them, but they came by it through theft.

Definitions of freebooter
  1. noun
    someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
    synonyms: despoiler, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, spoiler
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    Khayr ad-Din
    Barbary pirate (died in 1546)
    Jean Laffite
    French pirate who aided the United States in the War of 1812 and received an official pardon for his crimes (1780-1826)
    Sir Henry Morgan
    a Welsh buccaneer who raided Spanish colonies in the West Indies for the English (1635-1688)
    Bartholomew Roberts
    a Welsh pirate credited with having taken more than 400 ships (1682-1722)
    Edward Thatch
    an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
    types:
    buccaneer, pirate, sea robber, sea rover
    someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
    Barbary pirate, corsair
    a pirate along the Barbary Coast
    sea king
    a Viking pirate chief
    type of:
    stealer, thief
    a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
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