verb (used with object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
verb (used without object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
Origin of pirate
Synonyms for pirate
Related Words for piraticalbarbarous, chaotic, turbulent, violent, unruly, anarchic, bad, contumacious, criminal, despotic, disobedient, disordered, disorderly, evil, fierce, heterodox, insubordinate, insurgent, mutinous, nihilistic
Examples from the Web for piratical
Historical Examples of piratical
As for the deer-fly, and others of his piratical breed, he will bite like a dog at any time.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
If I tell the truth, they will be seized as piratical plunder.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
She wuz ther most piratical craft in petticoats wot I ever seen!
Again we were told that the piratical Serbs had seized the town of Alessio.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
No tidings could be gained either of the brig or the fleet of piratical junks.The Three Midshipmen
- a vessel used by pirates
- (as modifier)a pirate ship
- a person or group of people who broadcast illegally
- (as modifier)a pirate radio station
Word Origin for pirate
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.