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corsair a privateer, especially one operating along the southern shore of the Mediterranean in the 17th century; the word comes (in the mid 16th century, via French) from medieval Latin cursarius, from cursus ‘a raid, plunder’.

Byron's poem The Corsair (1814) told the story of a pirate chief, Conrad, whose chivalry and courage in the end outweigh his vices; the poem had great popular success.

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corsair privateer XV. Not in gen. use in this form before XVII, current early forms being corsale, cursarie, corsar(i)o. — F. corsaire, †c(o)ursaire, Sp. corsario, It. corsale, -are, †-ar(i)o :- Rom. (medL.) cursārius, f. cursa and cursus hostile inroad, plunder, COURSE.

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cor·sair / ˈkôrˌse(ə)r/ • n. archaic 1. a pirate. ∎  a privateer, esp. one operating along the southern coast of the Mediterranean in the 17th century. 2. a pirate ship.

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corsair: see Barbary States; piracy.

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