PIRATE
. s. m.
Écumeur de mer, celui qui n'a de commission d'aucune puissance, et qui court les mers pour voler, pour piller. Il tomba entre les mains des pirates. Nettoyer les mers de pirates. L'expédition de Pompée contre les pirates. La guerre des pirates.   Il se dit aussi Des corsaires de quelques nations barbaresques, qui ont commission de leur gouvernement pour écumer les mers. Les pirates de Tripoli, de Salé, de Maroc.   Il se dit, par extension, de Tout homme qui s'enrichit avec impudence aux dépens des autres, qui commet des exactions criantes. C'est un pirate, un vrai pirate.

L'Academie francaise. 1835.

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