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From Latin plagiārius (kidnapper, plagiarist), from plagium (kidnapping), probably from plaga (a net, snare, trap).



plagiary (countable and uncountable, plural plagiaries)

  1. The crime of literary theft; plagiarism.
  2. (archaic) A plagiarist.
    • 1695, John Dryden, “Preface of the Translator, with a Parallel, of Poetry and Painting”, in C[harles] A[lphonse] du Fresnoy, De Arte Graphica. The Art of Painting, [], London: [] J[ohn] Heptinstall for W. Rogers, [], OCLC 261121781, page xxxiv:
      Without Invention a Painter is but a Copier, and a Poet but a Plagiary of others.
  3. (obsolete) A kidnapper.

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plagiary (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) plagiarizing
    • 1863, The Home and Foreign Review (issue 5, page 87)
      The busy bee is his classical device, and the simile confesses and justifies his plundering propensities; but the plagiary poet who steals ideas is represented by another insect, []

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