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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. (archaic) A plagiarist.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) A kidnapper.
  3. 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?)

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