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Pirate (noun)

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Pírate. n.s. [πειρατής, pirata, Lat. pirate, Fr.]

  1. A sea-robber.

                Wrangling pirates that fall out
    In sharing that which you have pill'd from me.

    Pirates all nations are to prosecute, not so much in the right of their own fears, as upon the band of human society. Bacon.

    Relate, if business or the thirst of gain
    Engage your journey o'er the pathless main,
    Where savage pirates seek through seas unknown
    The lives of others, vent'rous of their own.

  2. Any robber; particularly a bookseller who seizes the copies of other men.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63)

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