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  • v. Present participle of privateer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cruising in a privateer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or practice of cruising in a privateer for hostile purposes.


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  • It was one of the big reasons for the American Revolution as colonists trying to compete with it were crushed by the crown with taxes and criminal penalties for piracy and privateering trying to trade in tea outside of the British protectionist laws for EIC--that's where the word privateering came from.

    Tea, Oil, Drugs and Mortgages

  • The "rules" were: (1) privateering is abolished; (2) the neutral flag covers enemy goods, except for contraband; (3) neutral goods, except for contraband, are not liable to seizure when under an enemy flag; (4) a blockade to be binding must be effective in fact.

    Elihu Root - Nobel Lecture

  • Of course, I’ve promoted the use of the word privateering for something that’s roughly in the neighborhood, but privateering is really suited to a different purpose it has to do with a critique of phony privatization, which is often bundled with, but not identical to, phony deregulation; and it focuses on the phenomenon, not the use of rhetoric around it.

    Rad Geek People’s Daily – 2009 – May – 02

  • Tsk, when the British do it it's called privateering :- I guess the dichotomy between nobility and competence was also a problem in land command, though the errors may not have been quite as spectacular as sinking the king's flagship without firing a shot.

    Archaic terminology in historical fiction

  • This is the return she gets for what may be termed her privateering experiences, and there are numbers of creatures, whom it were sacrilege to call men, who make a regular business of becoming acquainted with married women for this special purpose.

    Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations The Veil Lifted, and Light Thrown on Crime and its Causes, and Criminals and their Haunts. Facts and Disclosures.

  • Yet still there was a great deal of mauling, vigorous punishing, and an entire intolerance of these two things: Heathenism and Sea-robbery, at least of Sea-robbery in the old style; whether in the style we moderns still practise, and call privateering, I do not quite know.

    Early Kings of Norway

  • Chagrin at the very evident failure of existing neutrality law to operate, recognition that there was just cause for the rising ill-will of the North, no doubt influenced him, but more powerful than these elements was the anxiety as to the real purpose and intent in application of the American "privateering" Bill.

    Great Britain and the American Civil War

  • Ran away from Port Royal, Jamaica, in June, 1684, on a "privateering" venture in a ship of thirty guns.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Giving Particulars Of The Lives and Deaths Of The Pirates And Buccaneers

  • The American Continental Congress authorised "privateering"


  • The English responded as predators, raiding and seizing Spanish ships, under the cover of "privateering" authorized by the government.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]


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