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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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But a number of the hastily-hired crew may be more than meets the eyepatch and as our cast cast off from Bristol docks, piratical plots proliferate…
Sam Bateman sets the bar high by analysing changes in piratical activity between 2005 and 2014, using the data produced by the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in Kuala Lumpur and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia's (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) in Singapore.
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In this way, "catch and release" provides a direct incentive for children's recruitment into piratical gangs.
(103) The guidance requests, however, that PCASP "have a complete understanding of, and fully comply with, the [flag state's] applicable laws governing the use of force." (104) While the IMO recognizes the legal authority of the flag states, it encourages PCASP to use only force that is "strictly necessary and reasonable" in response to a piratical attack.
"By including 'intentionally facilitating' a piratical act within its definition of piracy, article 101(c) puts to rest any worry that American notions of aider and abettor liability might fail to respect the international understanding of piracy.
All that's missing is a piratical Johnny Depp lookalike wielding a cutlass.
And, while it could perhaps occasionally have benefited from some Jack Sparrow-style edginess and humour, it certainly remained true to the very essence of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic piratical romp.
Meet Sebastian, the piratical puss who's been through a bad patch lately.
Totally piratical dinner theater, complete with swashbuckling swordfights and a larger-than-life parrot, comes to Eugene this weekend as the Poison Pen Players perform "Aaarrrgh!
The most famous dolphin in Greek mythology, and the one most often associated with this constellation, is the one that saved the poet Arion when he leaped into the sea to escape being murdered by the piratical crew of the boat he was sailing on.
The Arab League's Secretary General Nabil Elaraby strongly condemned the operation in a press conference, urging the International Community to take a stern position on the "piratical Israeli operation" against the ship, expressing the League's total support for international efforts to end the Gaza blockade, AL HAYAT reported.