There were two months during that time, when they were restrained by their religion from piratical excursions.
Again we were told that the piratical Serbs had seized the town of Alessio.
Also that the commander of the piratical squadron, Ameer Ibrahim, should be delivered up for punishment.
No tidings could be gained either of the brig or the fleet of piratical junks.
The sole maritime touch in her garb was a figured kerchief at her throat similar to those worn by the piratical crew.
But we gladly pass from the cruel to the cunning phase of piratical life.
A score of daring spirits once organized a piratical party for a steamer on Lake Erie.
Heave to, you rascally pack of piratical cut-throats, or I will fire into you!
Pound now seized the craft and took command, and declared his intention of going on a piratical cruise.
As for the deer-fly, and others of his piratical breed, he will bite like a dog at any time.
c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin pirata "sailor, corsair, sea robber" (source of Spanish, Italian pirata, Dutch piraat, German Pirat), literally "one who attacks (ships)," from Greek peirates "brigand, pirate," literally "one who attacks," from peiran "to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try," from peira "trial, an attempt, attack," from PIE root *per- "try" (cf. Latin peritus "experienced," periculum "trial, experiment; attempt on or against; enterprise;" see peril). An Old English word for it was sæsceaða. Meaning "one who takes another's work without permission" first recorded 1701; sense of "unlicensed radio broadcaster" is from 1913.
1570s, from pirate (n.). Related: Pirated; pirating.