pirate

DEFINITIONS OF: pirate

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n someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation

Synonyms:
buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover
Examples:
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Jean Laffite
French pirate who aided the United States in the War of 1812 and received an official pardon for his crimes (1780-1826)
Sir Henry Morgan
a Welsh buccaneer who raided Spanish colonies in the West Indies for the English (1635-1688)
Bartholomew Roberts
a Welsh pirate credited with having taken more than 400 ships (1682-1722)
Edward Thatch
an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
Khayr ad-Din
Barbary pirate (died in 1546)
Types:
Barbary pirate, corsair
a pirate along the Barbary Coast
sea king
a Viking pirate chief
Type of:
despoiler, freebooter, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, spoiler
someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)

n a ship that is manned by pirates

Synonyms:
pirate ship
Types:
corsair
a swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)
Type of:
ship
a vessel that carries passengers or freight

n someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own

Synonyms:
literary pirate, plagiariser, plagiarist, plagiarizer
Type of:
stealer, thief
a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it

v take arbitrarily or by force

Synonyms:
commandeer, highjack, hijack
Types:
skyjack
subject an aircraft to air piracy
carjack
take someone's car from him by force, usually with the intention of stealing it
Type of:
seize
take or capture by force

v copy illegally; of published material

Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent
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