privateer

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privateer ‎(plural privateers)

  1. (nautical) A privately owned warship that had official sanction to attack enemy ships and take possession of their cargo.
  2. An officer or any other member of the crew of such a ship.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and became a pirate.
  3. (motor racing) A private individual entrant into a race or competition who does not have the backing of a large, professional team.
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privateer ‎(third-person singular simple present privateers, present participle privateering, simple past and past participle privateered)

  1. To function under official sanction permitting attacks on enemy shipping and seizing ship and cargo; to engage in government-sponsored piracy.

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Reinterpretation of the existing word as Blend of privatization +‎ profiteer. Coined by George Lakoff in his book The Political Mind (2008).

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privateer ‎(plural privateers)

  1. An unethical individual or group acting covertly with enabling, usually bribed, accomplices inside government to destroy a government’s ability to carry out some aspect of its moral mission of protection and empowerment, by transferring critical moral functions along with public funds.

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privateer ‎(third-person singular simple present privateers, present participle privateering, simple past and past participle privateered)

  1. To undermine government’s moral mission to care for its citizens and to covertly steal public funds.