What does piracy mean?

Definitions for piracyˈpaɪ rə si

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word piracy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. piracy, buccaneering(noun)

    hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it

    "air piracy"

  2. plagiarism, plagiarization, plagiarisation, piracy(noun)

    the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own


  1. piracy(Noun)

    Robbery at sea, a violation of international law; taking a ship away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it.

  2. piracy(Noun)

    A similar violation of international law, such as hijacking of an aircraft.

  3. piracy(Noun)

    The unauthorized duplication of goods protected by intellectual property law (e.g. copying software unlawfully).

  4. piracy(Noun)

    The operation of an unlicensed radio or television station.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Piracy(noun)

    the act or crime of a pirate

  2. Piracy(noun)

    robbery on the high seas; the taking of property from others on the open sea by open violence; without lawful authority, and with intent to steal; -- a crime answering to robbery on land

  3. Piracy(noun)

  4. Origin: [Cf. LL. piratia, Gr. . See Pirate.]


  1. Piracy

    Piracy is typically an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. The term can include acts committed on land, in the air, or in other major bodies of water or on a shore. It does not normally include crimes committed against persons traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator. The term has been used throughout history to refer to raids across land borders by non-state agents. Piracy is the name of a specific crime under customary international law and also the name of a number of crimes under the municipal law of a number of States. It is distinguished from privateering, which is authorized by national authorities and therefore a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors. Privateering is considered commerce raiding, and was outlawed by the Peace of Westphalia for signatories to those treaties. Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates. Historically, offenders have usually been apprehended by military personnel and tried by military tribunals. In the 21st century, the international community is facing many problems in bringing pirates to justice.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. piracy

    An illegal act of violence, depredation (e.g., plundering, robbing, or pillaging), or detention in or over international waters committed for private ends by the crew or passengers of a private ship or aircraft against another ship or aircraft or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of piracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of piracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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