- practice of a pirate; robbery or illegal violence at sea.
- the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc.: The record industry is beset with piracy.
- Also called stream capture. Geology. diversion of the upper part of one stream by the headward growth of another.
Origin of piracy
Related Wordsinfringement, plagiarism, theft, rapine, stealing, swashbuckling, bootlegging, freebooting, marauding, pirating
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
September 25, 2014
As with any new device, fears came up about privacy, security, the fear of looking like a dork, and piracy.Google Glass Is Helping Doctors Save Lives. Maybe It’s Time to Reconsider the Poorly Received Technology.
Valerie Vande Panne
March 28, 2014
This also an area known for piracy, which means that military radar surveillance would have been highly active.The Botched Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
March 12, 2014
First charged with “piracy,” each member of the retinue now faces seven years in jail if found guilty of “hooliganism.”The Return of Russian Hard Power?
November 23, 2013
“Piracy feeds a lot of people,” Ali says in the film, speaking candidly and unapologetically about his role in the operation.The Pirate Negotiator
November 14, 2013
Tried for piracy, probably, and the execution of some, if not all of us.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Outlawry, piracy, smugglery, were all goals too small for such operations.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Here is a great chance for you, since you declare yourself sick of piracy.
I had thought to have done with piracy; thought to have done with it for ever.
We will then, sirs, with your concurrence, say no more of the piracy.The Sea-Hawk
- British robbery on the seas within admiralty jurisdiction
- a felony, such as robbery or hijacking, committed aboard a ship or aircraft
- the unauthorized use or appropriation of patented or copyrighted material, ideas, etc
Word Origin and History for piracy
early 15c., from Medieval Latin piratia, from Greek peirateia "piracy," from peirates (see pirate (n.)).