From Latin plagiārius (“kidnapper, plagiarist”), from plagium (“kidnapping”), probably from plaga (“a net, snare, trap”).
plagiary (countable and uncountable, plural plagiaries)
- (archaic) A plagiarist.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- (obsolete) A kidnapper.
- The crime of literary theft; plagiarism.
- 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, I.6:
- Plagiarie had not its nativity with Printing, but began in times when thefts were difficult, and the paucity of Books scarce wanted that Invention.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)