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pirate(Reproduce without authorization), verb adopt and pass off as one's own, appropriate, borrow dishonestly, copy, counterfeit, crib, help oneself to, make use of without permission, plagiarize, purloin, steal, take illegally
pirate(Take by violence), verb commit piracy, commit robbery, despoil, lay hold of, loot, pillage, plunder, rifle, rob, sack, seize, spoil, spoilate, steal, take by force, thieve
See also: abduct, confiscate, copy, criminal, hijack, hold up, impropriate, loot, pillage, plagiarize, plunder, poach, prey, rob, seize, spoil, steal, thief
PIRATE. A sea robber, who, to enrich himself by subtlety or open force, setteth upon merchants and others trading by sea, despoiling them of their loading, and sometimes bereaving them of life and, sinking their ships; Ridley's View of the Civ. and Eccl. Law, part 2, c. 1, s. 8; or more generally one guilty of the crime of piracy. Merl. Repert. h.t. See, for the etymology of this word, Bac. Ab. Piracy