Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plagiarism.
  • n. Archaic One who plagiarizes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plagiarist.
  • n. A kidnapper.
  • n. The crime of literary theft; plagiarism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Kidnaping.
  • adj. Practicing plagiarism.
  • n. A manstealer; a kidnaper.
  • n. One who purloins another's expressions or ideas, and offers them as his own; a plagiarist.
  • n. Plagiarism; literary theft.
  • intransitive v. To commit plagiarism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A manstealer; a kidnapper.
  • n. A plagiarist.
  • n. The crime of literary theft; plagiarism.
  • Manstealing; kidnapping.
  • Practising literary theft.

Etymologies

Latin plagiārius, kidnapper, plagiarist, from plagium, kidnapping, from plaga, net; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin plagiārius ("kidnapper, plagiarist"), from plagium ("kidnapping"), probably from plaga ("a net, snare, trap"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Oxford English Dictionary cites the Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson as the first person to use the word plagiary to designate literary theft -- and he was making a joke.

    Periscope

  • Such a man I would call a plagiary, but not the pirate of a book; nor do I think that he would fall under the sanction of the statute, which only forbids him to use the book for a press-copy, to transfer the author's words from paper to paper, by the mere mechanical operation of printing, without any labour of the mind; but does not prohibit him to exercise either his memory or judgment upon it.

    Copyright

  • "plagiary" are obvious: modern adaptations of classics -- Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, etc.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 2

  • In Colorado, businessman Dan Maes -- a total unknown -- bested former Rep. Scott McInnis in the Republican primary after McInnis failed to bounce back from an admission that he had committed plagiary.

    A good August for Democrats in governors races but trouble looms in Midwest

  • Like the canonical book of Daniel and the non-canonical book of Enoch, Revelation is the account of a dream (and for those of you who insist on divine authorship, consider this: if Revelation were written today, the author would be sued successfully for blatant plagiary by Enoch's familial estate).

    Scott Cheshire: I Dream of Jesus--As Barack and Hillary Join the Collective Unconscious

  • Devoted specifically to the scholarly, cross-disciplinary study of plagiary and related behaviors across the disciplines, articles in Plagiary address the issue of fraudulent contributions to disciplinary discourse communities and the potential (and actual) corruption of the professional literature and other genres of discourse as a result of such derivative and/or fraudulent "contributions" to discoursal interchange.

    November 2006

  • Greg sent me an e-mail with the following photos and commentary, and has already been duly warned of the impending plagiary though I will admit to some minor editing.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • The latter would be the ultimate form of plagiary, eh?

    Plagiary

  • Nay, in the hope of vindicating his own penetration, he took an opportunity of questioning Ferdinand in private concerning the circumstances of the translation, and our hero, perceiving his drift, gave him such artful and ambiguous answers, as persuaded him that the young Count had acted the part of a plagiary, and that the other had been restrained from doing himself justice, by the consideration of his own dependence.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • He is a great plagiary of tavern wit, and comes to sermons only that he may talk of Austin.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

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