Origin of English word PIRATE

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PIRATE is from Greek peirates (pirate); the theoretical Indo-European “root” is per – 4 (to try, risk... lead over or press forward). 

פריץ PaReeYTS is "a vicious, violent man" or a “violent, lawless robber” to E. D. Klein.   Jeremiah7:11 and Ezekiel18:10 specify "robbers" in context of "a shedder of blood." פריץ  PHiReeYTS ("ferocious" - Isaiah35:9, where the context is FERAL beasts). 

See TROPHY for a backward path to PIRATE or PREDATION by reversing the  ט-ר-ף Tet-Resh-Phey of  טרף DTeRePH  (rapine, etc.). ( This reversal also appears in the Polish below.) More pirates and robbers at ROVE.

  פריץ PiReeYTS means wild, savage or cruel . This second Pey/Phey-Resh word also refers to either ferocious animals (Isaiah 35:9) or lawless humans (Psalms 17:4) – here at PIRATE.

  ב-ר Bet-Resh is the suffix added to an animal to indicate that it is wild (see BARRIO). פרוע  PaROO[A]h is wild – see FREAK.

The Indo-European “root” assumes that tryers, leaders and risk-takers are pirates.  To match the Indo-European “root”, there's  פצר PaTSahR (to press, urge - swap the R and TS – see PESTER) and פרץ PaRahTS (to press, urge).For the IE “root”’s  PR meaning  of “leading over”  see the   ב-ר Bhet-Resh sub-root at FERRY.


Cognates of PIRATE and PIRACY are FEAR, PERIL, EXPERIENCE, EXPERIMENT, EXPERT and EMPIRE, as listed at Indo-European “root” per.  Corresponding to too many world leaders, PaReeYTS means not only a vicious man but a "nobleman" and a "prince." The N of PRI(N)CE is unhistoric, a nasalization; the Hebrew is easy to hear after dropping the N. And so many a PRINCE is a PIRATE.

The German prince has no nasalization: Furst.  The PR of PRINCE must also consider Pey-Resh-Ayin words like PaR[A]h ( to take the lead -- Judges 5:2), PeR[A]h (prince, leader – Deuteronomy 32:42) and the mighty PaR[O]aH or Pharoah of Egypt (Genesis 12:15).   The AHD’s Indo-European “root” for PRINCE is only the vague per-1 of directional prepositions(from the Bhet-Resh seen at OVER).

Polish drapi (rouge, knave… rap acious plunderer) fits the dental-liquid-bilabial of DTeRePH (see the rap ine at  TROPHY) and the reverse, our bilabial-liquid-dental.

Prestu is a nobleman in Basque as well; Furst is a German prince. PREDATOR and PREDATORY (living by or characterized by plundering or robbing) are probably PRD, PRT words related to our etymon. Too many rulers or PRINCES have been PREDATORY PIRATES.   BRUTAL (savage, cruel) is better linked to Pey-Resh-Tsadi  (ferocious) than to its given IE “root” - gwer (heavy).

The violent robbers of the animal world include the relentless FERRET, linked to the Latin word furis,  robber.  Other etymologies try to connect the ferret to the bilabial-liquid root of carrying seen at FERRY.  PREDATOR, as seen above, also has the P-R-T of PaReeYTS, while PREDATORY beasts like the RAPTOR and REPTILE may be a 213 metathesis of the Pey-Resh-Tsadi here or a M312 of the Tet-Reph-Phey of DToRePH (prey – see TROPHY.)

Japanese abareru (BR root) is to act violently .

There is an important link between the PRT violence of this entry and the PRT abruptness seen at BURST. In Czech prudky means vehement, violent and abrupt. In Pashto (Afghanistan, Pakistan) a brand is “a vicious, indecent person.” (N., S-B, S-D).

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