noun pi·ra·cy \ˈpī-rə-sē\

: 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

plural pi·ra·cies

Full Definition of PIRACY

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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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