What does piracy mean?

Definitions for piracy
ˈpaɪ rə sipira·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. piracy, buccaneeringnoun

    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, piracynoun

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


  1. piracynoun

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

  2. piracynoun

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

  3. piracynoun

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

  4. piracynoun

    The operation of an unlicensed radio or television station.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Piracynoun

    the act or crime of a pirate

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. piratia, Gr. . See Pirate.]

  2. Piracynoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. LL. piratia, Gr. . See Pirate.]

  3. Piracynoun

    Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. piracy

    Depredation without authority, or transgression of authority given, by despoiling beyond its warrant. Fixed domain, public revenue, and a certain form of government, are exempt from that character, therefore the Barbary States were not treated by Europe as such. The Court of Admiralty is empowered to grant warrants to commit any person for piracy, only on regular information upon oath. By common law, piracy consists in committing those acts of robbery and depredation upon the high seas, which, if committed on land, would have amounted to felony, and the pirate is deemed hostis humani generis.

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  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

Examples of piracy in a Sentence

  1. President Richard Nixon:

    Most countries, including the United States, found effective means of dealing with piracy on the high seas a century and a half ago, we can -- and we will -- deal effectively with piracy in the skies today.

  2. The New York-based diplomat:

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

  3. Gremiana Gonzalez:

    In a way it goes against my principles because I am not completely in agreement with piracy, but in these circumstances either you use pirated software or you don't eat, i know that just like me, many Venezuelans depend completely on freelancing, and Adobe's suite is the most widely-used, best-acclaimed and easiest to access.

  4. 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.

  5. Garba Shehu:

    The conclusion and signing of the agreement is expected to enhance security in the Gulf of Guinea and help in curbing maritime crimes such as piracy, crude oil theft, sabotage of oil rigs and arms smuggling.

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