privateer

Part of speech: noun

A private vessel commissioned to prey on an enemy's commerce; also, a person conducting or serving on such a ship.

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Usage examples "privateer":

  1. At night to Sir W. Batten, where Sir R. Ford did occasion some discourse of sending a convoy to the Maderas; and this did put us upon some new thoughts of sending our privateer thither on merchants' accounts, which I have more mind to, the profit being certain and occasion honest withall. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  2. That is the privateer La Doutelle, one of the fastest little vessels on the coast. - "Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden", G. A. Henty.
  3. But, Mrs St. Felix, if it had not been for that good spy- glass you gave me, I never should have discovered the privateer, and we should not have been prepared for her. - "Poor Jack", Frederick Marryat.