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1. A freebooting soldier of 17th-century Ireland.
2. A bandit or robber.

[Irish Gaelic rapaire, variant of ropaire, cutpurse, from ropaid, he stabs.]
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1. (Historical Terms) an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
2. (Military) an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
3. obsolete any plunderer or robber
[C17: from Irish rapairidhe pike, probably from English rapier]
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(ˌræp əˈri)

1. an armed Irish freebooter of the 17th century.
2. any freebooter or robber.
[1680–90; < Irish rapaire, ropaire literally, thruster, stabber, derivative of rop (v.) to thrust, stab, (n.) thrust]
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