What does piracy mean?

Definitions for piracyˈpaɪ rə si

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The New York-based diplomat:

    My country publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy.

  2. Jeffrey Godsick:

    Once you see enough piracy, you are faced with two choices, one is deciding to fight it, and the other is deciding to go out [into the market] with it.

  3. Giles Noakes:

    A lot of people are dying from piracy - nowhere near that number died in the last few years in the Western Indian Ocean (due to Somali piracy), we are particularly concerned by the issue.

  4. Lauren Carroll Harris:

    I think what 'The Mule' is trying to do is pre-empt piracy by making their film available online and making it as easy as possible for audiences to get their hands on it in a paid way, the Mule.

  5. Mike Stabile:

    Those rates have dropped in recent years due to piracy and the availability of free content, it tends to be a middle-class job. It’s not all glamour and excitement, but it can get steady income.

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