Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Plagiarism.
  • noun Archaic One who plagiarizes.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic A plagiarist.
  • noun obsolete A kidnapper.
  • noun The crime of literary theft; plagiarism.

Etymologies

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

[Latin plagiārius, kidnapper, plagiarist, from plagium, kidnapping, from plaga, net; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

    A Magical Bakery Tour

  • 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

  • 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.

    Here & There

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

    Plagiary

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