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 for privateer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privateer \Pri`va*teer"\ (pr[imac]`v[.a]*t[=e]r"), n. [From
     1. An armed private vessel which bears the commission of the
        sovereign power to cruise against the enemy. See Letters
        of marque, under Marque.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The commander of a privateer.
        [1913 Webster]
              Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and
              became a pirate.                      --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privateer \Pri`va*teer"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Privateered
     (pr[imac]`v[.a]*t[=e]rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Privateering.]
     To cruise in a privateer.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an officer or crew member of a privateer [syn: privateer,
      2: a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the
         commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "privateer":
     AB, Ancient Mariner, Argonaut, Blackbeard, Captain Hook,
     Captain Kidd, Dylan, Flying Dutchman, Henry Morgan, Jean Lafitte,
     Neptune, OD, Poseidon, Varuna, able seaman, able-bodied seaman,
     air pirate, airplane hijacker, bluejacket, buccaneer, corsair,
     deep-sea man, fair-weather sailor, fisherman, freeboot, hearty,
     jack, jack afloat, jack-tar, jacky, limey, lobsterman, mariner,
     matelot, navigator, picaroon, pirate, rover, sailor, salt, sea dog,
     sea king, sea rover, seafarer, seafaring man, seaman, shipman,
     skyjacker, tar, viking, water dog, whaler, windjammer,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRIVATEER war. A vessel owned by one or by a society of private individuals, 
  armed and equipped at his or their expense, for the purpose of carrying on a 
  maritime war, by the authority of one of the belligerent parties. 
       2. For the purpose of encouraging the owners of private armed vessels, 
  they are usually allowed to appropriate to themselves the property they 
  capture, or, at least, a large proportion of it. 1 Kent, Com. 96; Posh. du 
  Dr. de Propr. n. 90 et seq. See 2 Dall. 36; 3 Dall. 334; 4 Cranch, 2; 1 
  Wheat. 46; 3 Wheat. 546; 2 Gall. R. 19; Id. 526; 1 Mason, R. 365 3 Wash. C. 
  C. R. 209 2 Gall. R. 56; 5 Wheat. 338; Mann. Com. 1.16. 

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Privateer, SC -- U.S. Census Designated Place in South Carolina
     Population (2000):    2118
     Housing Units (2000): 797
     Land area (2000):     8.178530 sq. miles (21.182295 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.060744 sq. miles (0.157325 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    8.239274 sq. miles (21.339620 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            58570
     Located within:       South Carolina (SC), FIPS 45
     Location:             33.819630 N, 80.393205 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Privateer, SC

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