Pi·ra·cy n.; pl. Piracies
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.”
n 1: robbery on the high seas; taking a ship away from the
control of those who are legally entitled to it [syn: buccaneering]
2: the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as
if they were your own [syn: plagiarism, plagiarization,