Piracies
Piracy Pi"ra*cy, n.; pl. {Piracies}. [Cf. LL. piratia, Gr. ?. See {Pirate}.] 1. The act or crime of a pirate. [1913 Webster]

2. (Common Law) Robbery on the high seas; the taking of property from others on the open sea by open violence; without lawful authority, and with intent to steal; -- a crime answering to robbery on land. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

Note: By statute law several other offenses committed on the seas (as trading with known pirates, or engaging in the slave trade) have been made piracy. [1913 Webster]

3. ``Sometimes used, in a quasi-figurative sense, of violation of copyright; but for this, infringement is the correct and preferable term.'' --Abbott. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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