Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Piracy or plundering
  • adj. Engaged in piracy or plunder

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Robbery; plunder; a pillaging.
  • adj. Acting the freebooter; practicing freebootery; robbing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Robbery; plunder; pillage.
  • Acting as a freebooter; engaged in or occupied with plunder.

Etymologies

From freebooter ("a type of pirate"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The relics of the old forest are few and scattered, but as to the bold outlaw who once held a kind of freebooting sway over it, there is scarce a hill or dale, a cliff or cavern, a well or fountain, in this part of the country, that is not connected with his memory.

    Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey

  • Before that, for almost a century, the City was in its freebooting pomp, dispensing capital and credit to all quarters of the globe and becoming the greatest international financial centre the world had seen.

    Who can deliver the cultural Big Bang that the City needs? | David Kynaston

  • Britain's freebooting redtops had massive circulations and massive amounts of cash; they could swoop down on ordinary people and turn them into stars for a short time, without these people anticipating the backlash of intrusion and spite heading their way.

    Tabloid – review

  • William the Conqueror and Queen Elizabeth gave huge grants of land in England and Ireland to their freebooting military commanders.

    In the Realm of Peers

  • We still practice a version of freebooting, we still have our own version of extraterritoriality, and we do it all with impunity.

    Tom Engelhardt: Missing Word, Missing World

  • Today, the U.S. government decries piracy, but doesn't do anything to prevent the maritime poaching of fishing reserves that helped push pirates from their jobs into risky but lucrative careers in freebooting.

    John Feffer: Monsters vs. Aliens

  • The new president is better seen as a classic American mix of freebooting immigrant and poor but educated mother, committed to a college education for her son.

    Simon Jenkins: All the Clichés About Colour Obscure the Real Challenges Awaiting Obama

  • In response to Lucas 'freebooting, Curran demanded that USAID block him from participating in IRI's Haiti program.

    Max Blumenthal: Uncovering A US-Planned Coup In Haiti: The Original Version

  • Forrester had crossed the line between freebooting and piracy, and the French went after him.

    Champlain's Dream

  • I enjoy listening to the Fear the Boot podcasts, but I consider their plot-driven adventures far too constraining for my freebooting, freewheeling sandbox ways.

    How Dragonlance Ruined Everything

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