verb (used with object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
verb (used without object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
- piranesi, giovanni battista,
- pirate coast,
- pirate perch,
- pirates of penzance,
Origin of pirate
Examples from the Web for piratical
George Townshend, commanding on that station, of the "piratical behavior" of Haddon.
In the 5th century we again hear of piratical incursions by the Heruli in the western seas.
If I were in the east now, I could stop the publication of a piratical book which has stolen some of my sketches.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 1, 1853-1866|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
“He got an ugly wound in cutting out a piratical junk in the Indian seas,” said Murray.The Three Commanders|W.H.G. Kingston
The piratical slave-dealers of Georgia looked upon these people, both Exiles and slaves, with strong desire to possess them.The Exiles of Florida|Joshua R. Giddings
- 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.