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pi·ra·cy

 (pī′rə-sē)
n. pl. pi·ra·cies
1.
a. Robbery or other serious acts of violence committed at sea.
b. The hijacking of an airplane: air piracy.
2. Copyright or patent infringement: software piracy.
3. The illegal interception or use of radio or television signals.
4. An instance of piracy: a surge of piracies.

[Medieval Latin pīrātia, from Late Greek peirāteia, from Greek peirātēs, pirate; see pirate.]

piracy

(ˈpaɪrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Law) Brit robbery on the seas within admiralty jurisdiction
2. (Nautical Terms) a felony, such as robbery or hijacking, committed aboard a ship or aircraft
3. the unauthorized use or appropriation of patented or copyrighted material, ideas, etc
[C16: from Anglo-Latin pirātia, from Late Greek peirāteia; see pirate]

pi•ra•cy

(ˈpaɪ rə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. practice of a pirate; robbery or illegal violence at sea.
2. the unauthorized reproduction or use of copyrighted material, a patented invention, a trademarked product, etc.
[1545–55; earlier pyracie < Medieval Latin pīrātīa < Late Greek peirāteía. See pirate, -acy]

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.

piracy

the act of robbery on the high seas. See also ships. — pirate, n.piratic, piratical, adj.
See also: Theft
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piracy - hijacking on the high seas or in similar contextspiracy - 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"
highjacking, hijacking - robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
2.piracy - the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
copyright infringement, infringement of copyright - a violation of the rights secured by a copyright

piracy

noun
1. robbery, stealing, theft, hijacking, infringement, buccaneering, rapine, freebooting Seven of the fishermen have been formally charged with piracy.
2. illegal copying, bootlegging, plagiarism, copyright infringement, illegal reproduction Video piracy is a criminal offence.
Translations
قَرْصَنَه
пиратство
pirátství
piratudgivelsesørøveri
kaappausmerirosvous
kalózkodáseltérítés
sjórán
piratavimas
pirátstvo
korsan yayıncılıkkorsanlık
піратство

piracy

[ˈpaɪərəsɪ] N (lit) → piratería f; [of book] → publicación f pirata; [of tape, video, software] → reproducción f pirata

piracy

[ˈpaɪrəsi] n
(at sea)piraterie f
[book, film, video, tape] → piratage m; [ideas] → piratage m
protection against piracy of books, films and other intellectual property → la protection contre le piratage des livres, films et autres propriétés intellectuelles

piracy

nSeeräuberei f, → Piraterie f; (of book etc)Raubdruck m; (of record)Raubpressung f; an act of piracySeeräuberei f, → Piraterie f

piracy

[ˈpaɪrəsɪ] npirateria

pirate

(ˈpaiərət) noun
1. a person who attacks and robs ships at sea. Their ship was attacked by pirates; (also adjective) a pirate ship.
2. a person who does something without legal right, eg publishes someone else's work as his own or broadcasts without a licence. a pirate radio-station.
verb
to publish, broadcast etc without the legal right to do so. The dictionary was pirated and sold abroad.
ˈpiracy noun
the act(s) of a pirate. He was accused of piracy on the high seas; Publishing that book under his own name was piracy.
References in classic literature ?
A French privateer captured the vessel on her passage home, the flaxseed was condemned and sold, my ancestors being transferred in a body to the ownership of a certain agriculturist in the neighborhood of Evreux, who dealt largely in such articles.
Norris was at intervals urging something different; and in the most interesting moment of his passage to England, when the alarm of a French privateer was at the height, she burst through his recital with the proposal of soup.
In that period Curasao was caught between conflicting international political and commercial interests, based on the complicated situation that emerged when French privateers seized American ships in the port of Curagao and provoked an American naval response.
English and Dutch merchantmen in the 1600s sometimes proved superior to Portuguese and Spanish warships, and French privateers during the reign of Louis XIV could be a match for the English frigates of the day.
From 1793 to 1813 French privateers seized American ships and brought them into numerous ports where they were condemned in kangaroo prize courts set up by the owners of the privateers.