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How We Got the Word “Pirate”

September 30th, 2013 by Piper Smith

The word “pirate” originates in the 1300s from the Latin word pirata meaning “sea robber” and was also a Latin synonym from the word “peril.” In Greek, the word came from peirates, meaning “one who attacks.” Pirating is distinguished from the historic concept of privateering, which is pirate-like action by a national or governmental authority. So some people were allowed to engage is acts of piracy under the label of “commerce raiding!”

The Flag of Edward of England!  We know it as the pirate's infamous Skull and Crossbones!

The Flag of Edward of England!
We know it as the pirate’s infamous Skull and Crossbones!

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