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Meaning of PIRACY

Pronunciation:  'pIracee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
  2. [n]  robbery on the high seas; taking a ship away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it

PIRACY is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: buccaneering, plagiarisation, plagiarism, plagiarization
 See Also: copyright infringement, infringement of copyright, robbery



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

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.

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.

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

Computing Dictionary

software piracy