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As for the deer-fly, and others of his piratical breed, he will bite like a dog at any time.

If I tell the truth, they will be seized as piratical plunder.

She wuz ther most piratical craft in petticoats wot I ever seen!

Again we were told that the piratical Serbs had seized the town of Alessio.

No tidings could be gained either of the brig or the fleet of piratical junks.

In piratical vessels, to frighten their prey with a semblance of valour.

But we gladly pass from the cruel to the cunning phase of piratical life.

They remarked that it was difficult to find out these piratical craft.

Captain Romer, with his war-steamer, was on the look-out for piratical dhows.

Heave to, you rascally pack of piratical cut-throats, or I will fire into you!

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, from Latin piraticus "pertaining to pirates," from Greek peiratikos, from peirates "pirate" (see pirate (n.)) + -ical. Related: Piratically (1540s).

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