letter of marque

Definition of "letter of marque"
  1. A historical legal document issued by a government that granted a private individual the authority to capture and confiscate assets owned by citizens of a foreign nation
How to use "letter of marque" in a sentence
  1. During the era of naval warfare, a letter of marque was often issued to pirate ships, enabling them to legally plunder enemy vessels.
  2. The government ceased to issue a letter of marque after the establishment of modern maritime laws.
  3. In historical context, a letter of marque served to legalize what would otherwise be considered piratical seizure of foreign property.

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