verb (used with object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
verb (used without object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
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
British Dictionary definitions for piratical
- 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