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Etymology of pirate

Posted by Johannes on 18 February 2009

Etymology of pirate

Pirate derives from the Latin pirata (-ae; pirate), which is a transliteration of the Greek piratis (pirate; πειρατής) from the verb pirao (make an attempt, try, test, get experience, endeavour, attack; πειράω).


From the same root:
piracy, piratical, experience, expert, empiric.


In modern Greek


a) piratis: pirate [πειρατής]


b) piratia: piracy [πειρατία]


c) pira: experience, practice [πείρα]


d) pirama: experiment [πείραμα]
e) empiria: experience, practice [εμπειρία]


f) empiricos: empiric [εμπειρικός]
g) piragma: teasing [πείραγμα]


h) pirazo: tease, give trouble [πειράζω]


Η λέξη pirate (πειρατής) προέρχεται απο το Λατινικός pirata (-ae), το ,οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού πειρατής από το ρήμα πειράω (αποπειρούμαι, δοκιμάζω, επιχειρώ).


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pirao –> piratis –> pirata –> pirate



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