Letters of marque and reprisal
Marque Marque, n. [F. marque, in lettre de marque letter of marque, a commission with which the commandant of every armed vessel was obliged to be provided, under penalty of being considered a pirate or corsair; marque here prob. meaning, border, boundary (the letter of marque being a permission to go beyond the border), and of German origin. See {March} border.] (Law) A license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction, or boundary of a country, for the purpose of making reprisals. [1913 Webster]

{Letters of marque}, {Letters of marque and reprisal}, a license or extraordinary commission granted by a government to a private person to fit out a privateer or armed ship to cruise at sea and make prize of the enemy's ships and merchandise. The ship so commissioned is sometimes called a letter of marque. [1913 Webster]


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  • Letters of marque and reprisal — Reprisal Re*pris al (r? priz al), n. [F. repr?saille, It. ripresaglia, rappresaglia, LL. reprensaliae, fr. L. reprehendere, reprehensum. See {Reprehend}, {Reprise}.] 1. The act of taking from an enemy by way of reteliation or indemnity. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • letters of marque and reprisal — /letsrz av mark and raprayzal/ These words, marque and reprisal, are frequently used as synonymous, but, taken in their strict etymological sense, the latter signifies a taking in return; the former, the passing the frontiers (marches) in order… …   Black's law dictionary

  • letters of marque and reprisal — /letsrz av mark and raprayzal/ These words, marque and reprisal, are frequently used as synonymous, but, taken in their strict etymological sense, the latter signifies a taking in return; the former, the passing the frontiers (marches) in order… …   Black's law dictionary

  • letters of marque and reprisal — see letters of marque * * * letters of marque or letters of marque and reprisal, an official document giving a person permission from a government to capture the merchant ships of an enemy; marque …   Useful english dictionary

  • letters of marque and reprisal — A commission issued during a state of war by one of the belligerent governments authorizing a privateer to attack the ships and seize the property of a hostile nation on the high seas. See 41 Am J1st Pir § 2 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Letters of marque — Marque Marque, n. [F. marque, in lettre de marque letter of marque, a commission with which the commandant of every armed vessel was obliged to be provided, under penalty of being considered a pirate or corsair; marque here prob. meaning, border …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marque and reprisal, letters of — /letsrz av mark and raprayzal/ These words, marque and reprisal, are frequently used as synonymous, but, taken in their strict etymological sense, the latter signifies a taking in return; the former, the passing the frontiers (marches) in order… …   Black's law dictionary

  • marque and reprisal, letters of — /letsrz av mark and raprayzal/ These words, marque and reprisal, are frequently used as synonymous, but, taken in their strict etymological sense, the latter signifies a taking in return; the former, the passing the frontiers (marches) in order… …   Black's law dictionary

  • letters of marque — noun a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation • Syn: ↑letter of marque, ↑letter of mark and reprisal • Hypernyms: ↑license, ↑licence, ↑permit * * * also …   Useful english dictionary

  • marque and reprisal — See letters of marque and reprisal …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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