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piracy

Piracy is a what pirates do: they steal stuff. If you plagiarize by stealing someone's words or ideas that’s piracy. Argh!

The original sense of piracy comes from pirates — thieves who hijack other boats, taking what they please. That should help you remember that piracy means to steal someone else's work, usually their words or ideas. A writer who doesn't cite their sources is committing piracy. Piracy is plagiarism, and it is legally and morally wrong.

Definitions of piracy
  1. noun
    the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
    synonyms: plagiarisation, plagiarism, plagiarization
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    type of:
    copyright infringement, infringement of copyright
    a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
  2. noun
    hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it
    “air piracy
    synonyms: buccaneering
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    type of:
    highjacking, hijacking
    robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
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