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piracy

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noun pi·ra·cy \ˈpī-rə-sē\

Simple Definition of piracy

  • : the act of attacking and stealing from a ship at sea

  • : the act of illegally copying someone's product or invention without permission

  • : the act of illegally making television or radio broadcasts

Full Definition of piracy

plural pi·ra·cies

  1. 1 :  an act of robbery on the high seas; also :  an act resembling such robbery

  2. 2 :  robbery on the high seas

  3. 3 a :  the unauthorized use of another's production, invention, or conception especially in infringement of a copyright b :  the illicit accessing of broadcast signals

Examples of piracy

  1. piracy on the high seas

  2. <many countries have harsh penalties for piracy now>



Origin of piracy

Medieval Latin piratia, from Late Greek peirateia, from Greek peiratēs pirate


First Known Use: 1537



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