n.1.One who steals purses, or money from purses.
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Similarly, when he hands over his former companions Cutpurse and Pickpurse to Severity the judge and helps him to tie them up, Nichol Newfangle has a double function: he betrays his friends, thus appearing clearly untrustworthy, but at the same time he is an agent that helps the workings of justice be realised--no matter that he admitted at his entry that Lucifer is his godfather, and it is the devil who taught him "all kinds of sciences.