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- adj. of, pertaining to, or similar to pirates
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a pirate; acquired by, or practicing, piracy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a pirate or piracy; of the nature of piracy: as, piratical acts.
- Engaged in piracy, or robbery on the high seas: as, a piratical ship or commander.
- Pertaining to or practising literary piracy: as, piratical publishers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of pirates
- adj. characteristic of piracy
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Trick or Treat bonus links: Dubner wrote about Pirates earlier this month, during a lull in piratical activity.
Numbers found their way thither through the pathless wastes of Russia; others navigated the Mediterranean in their sea-serpents, as they termed their piratical vessels.
He never did subdue the wild savages in New England, and he never was in any war in Africa, nor in Asia, unless we call his piratical cruising in the Mediterranean "wars in Asia."
Mediterranean in their sea-serpents, as they termed their piratical vessels.
Of course, the honours of the defeat of the Armada must always be shared with other naval experts who had acquired their knowledge of sea warfare in what is called the piratical line.
But we have had under the name of a Government what I have always described as a piratical joint-stock company, beginning with Lord Clive, and ending, as
They have no intention of establishing some kind of piratical caliphate.
He threw himself into them with a kind of piratical ardour; took them by the throat, wallowed in them, worried them like a terrier, and finally assimilated them.
Such were the times that led to the formation and growth of the "piratical" colony of Barataria.
-- In the foregoing chapter the term "piratical" is used without qualification in referring to the Southern cruisers, because it is the word used in the quotations made.