One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Software that has been illegally copied and made available.‘if anyone is making money from selling warez, they could be prosecuted’as modifier ‘warez sites’
- ‘Usenet sites that exist solely for the swapping of copyrighted movies and software (so-called warez sites) have existed for ten years with nary a peep from the establishment.’
- ‘The Business Software Alliance shut down 118 UK warez (pirate software) sites between January and September 2001.’
- ‘Frequently it is used in warez (illegally copied software), but obviously not limited to that.’
- ‘As it is, people download warez versions of games because the prices are ridiculous.’
1990s: respelling of wares.
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