noun, plural pi·ra·cies.
Origin of piracy
Examples from the Web for piracy
The record business is 98 percent piracy everywhere on the planet.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This also an area known for piracy, which means that military radar surveillance would have been highly active.
First charged with “piracy,” each member of the retinue now faces seven years in jail if found guilty of “hooliganism.”
“Piracy feeds a lot of people,” Ali says in the film, speaking candidly and unapologetically about his role in the operation.
Piracy has transformed into a well-developed business and I am part of that business.
Tried for piracy at Boston, and hanged on January 27th, 1690.The Pirates' Who's Who|Philip Gosse
As to the general question, whether cruising under a commission from the Confederate States is piracy?
This being found an inadequate check, in 1824 the slave-trade was declared to be piracy and the punishment death.With Axe and Rifle|W.H.G. Kingston
There appeared something dangerously like piracy in the detailed scheme of the worthy captain, and the Duke failed his man.From the North Foreland to Penzance|Clive Holland
They are essentially a maritime people, and are not, as far as I have ever heard, addicted to piracy.Trade and Travel in the Far East|G. F. Davidson
British Dictionary definitions for piracy
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for piracy
Word Origin and History for piracy
early 15c., from Medieval Latin piratia, from Greek peirateia "piracy," from peirates (see pirate (n.)).