A buccaneer lives for the excitement of deciphering the mysteries of human experience.
A buccaneer wants status, too, but only if that status is justly earned and sustained through the quality of his work.
As a politician, Sarkozy is as brutal as any buccaneer, and he lets the world see it.
1660s, from French boucanier "user of a boucan," a native grill for roasting meat, from Tupi mukem (rendered in Portuguese as moquem c.1587): "initial b and m are interchangeable in the Tupi language" [Klein]. For Haitian variant barbacoa, see barbecue. Originally used of French settlers working as hunters and woodsmen in the Spanish West Indies, a lawless and piratical set after they were driven from their trade by Spanish authorities in the 1690s.