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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Piracynoun

    The act or practice of robbing on the sea.

    Etymology: πειϱατεία; piratica, Lat. piraterie, Fr. from pirate.

    Our gallants, in their fresh gale of fortune, began to skum the seas with their piracies. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    Now shall the ocean, as thy Thames, be free,
    From both those fates of storms and piracy. Edmund Waller.

    Fame swifter than your winged navy flies,
    Sounding your name, and telling dreadful news
    To all that piracy and rapine use. Edmund Waller.

    His pretence for making war upon his neighbours was their piracies; though he practised the same trade. Arbuthnot.


  1. piracy

    Piracy is the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work, such as books, music, movies, software, etc. It is the act of stealing copyrighted material, usually in the form of digital media, with the intent of distributing, selling, or using for personal benefit without permission or paying the rightful owner. Piracy can also refer to acts of robbery or criminal violence committed at sea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Piracynoun

    the act or crime of a 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

  3. Piracynoun

  4. 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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Anagrams for piracy »

  1. cypria

  2. picary

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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. Ali Shamkhani:

    A special committee has been set up to investigate the attack on Sabiti... with two missiles and its report will soon be submitted to the authorities for decision, piracy and mischief on international waterways aimed at making commercial shipping insecure will not go unanswered.

  2. 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.

  3. Euan Graham:

    In its last policy paper in 2016, New Zealand talked about climate change and non-traditional concerns, things such as piracy and smuggling, while very much in third place was regional competition. This is now a central element, this will be welcomed by key international allies.

  4. Myron Brilliant:

    What we're really seeing right now is a focus around piracy and criminalization of certain IP activity. We're not even really seeing clarity around trade secrets.

  5. 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.

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