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piracy

[pahy-ruh-see] /ˈpaɪ rə si/
noun, plural piracies.
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.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; earlier pyracie < Medieval Latin pīrātīa < Late Greek peirāteía. See pirate, -acy
Related forms
antipiracy, noun, plural antipiracies, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anti piracy

piracy

/ˈpaɪrəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
(Brit) robbery on the seas within admiralty jurisdiction
2.
a felony, such as robbery or hijacking, committed aboard a ship or aircraft
3.
the unauthorized use or appropriation of patented or copyrighted material, ideas, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-Latin pirātia, from Late Greek peirāteia; see pirate
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Word Origin and History for anti piracy

piracy

n.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin piratia, from Greek peirateia "piracy," from peirates (see pirate (n.)).

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