Adjective "piracies" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea.
  1. 'She couldn't possibly wear it often, and much less know about ships and piracy.'
  2. 'There the Africans stood trial for piracy and murder in a much publicized case, even for that day.'
  3. 'Subjects now range far beyond the Great Lakes, from piracy on the high seas to the environmental health of our oceans.'
  4. 'To fight both piracy and terrorism, the IMB proposes pooling resources among the countries sharing sea-lane boundaries.'
  5. 'Naval warfare experts say the U.S. Navy simply isn't large enough to do much about the problem, whether it's piracy or terrorism.'
  6. 'To send armed forces onboard a civil ship sending out Mayday signals is piracy.'
  7. 'Providing a worrying statistic he said that 60 per cent of the world's acts of piracy happened in South East Asian waters.'
  8. 'While the waterway has seen no major terrorist attacks, piracy is widespread.'
  9. 'The terrorist / piracy threat also meant escort ships were needed to ensure safe passage on the seas.'
  10. 'Now, as I write, Australia threatens to forcibly remove the ship from our waters and the ship's owner accuses us of piracy.'
  11. 'Dickens's reaction to these piracies varied from amused contempt to downright vexation.'
  12. 'Whether the pressure was to such an extent that the words piracy or ‘hi-jacking’ could be used, will be up to a court of law to determine.'
  13. 'You turned to piracy, you steal, you plunder, you lie, you cheat… you kill.'
  14. 'Each was convicted on December 11 of air piracy and faces 20 years to life in prison.'
  15. 'National leadership and more pervasive international co-operation will also be essential in order to keep mafia and piracy practices from resurging.'
  16. 'On May 17, a West German court convicted Mohammad Ali Hamadei of murder and air piracy and sentenced him to life imprisonment.'
  17. 'There are many fine houses here as well as vast warehouses, all of which are walled and well guarded, for piracy and theft are as common as regular trade here.'
  18. 'We will take the fight to all those involved in piracy and contraband trafficking.'
  19. 'They said they could not send all the substantiation they held about the link between piracy and terrorism because it was confidential.'
The unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work.
  1. 'The trouble for Russian rights owners is keeping track of Internet piracy when physical piracy is so much of a problem.'
  2. 'Consider recent actions on bills addressing such disparate issues as homeland security, movie piracy and auto burglary.'
  3. 'None of that music seemed to be going to the incinerators, and the flow of piracies was not being staunched.'
  4. 'BOOK piracy, the illegal reproduction of books, has assumed menacing proportions over the last two decades.'
  5. 'Sony says that only 20 titles, which it refuses to name, contain the XCP virus - software which attacks music piracy by attacking your PC.'
  6. 'In the last part of your article you liken the act of music piracy to the theft of physical property.'
  7. 'Software piracy is rife across the continent and costs African governments an estimated total of around US $1 billion per year.'
  8. 'Digital cable is often considered the answer to cable signal theft and piracy, but as a final solution it's a long way off.'
  9. 'For cable operators it's over $5 billion a year - in revenues lost to signal theft and cable piracy.'
  10. 'Willetts therefore argued that, far from destroying an industry, his piracies had no significant effect at all on existing publishers' sales.'

More definitions

1. practice of a pirate; robbery or illegal violence at sea.

2. the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc.: The record industry is beset with piracy.

3. Also called stream capture. Geology. diversion of the upper part of one stream by the headward growth of another.

More examples(as adjective)

"years can be piracies."


(piracy)Mid 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek pirateia, from peiratēs (see pirate).