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[pley-juh-ree, -jee-uh-ree] /ˈpleɪ dʒə ri, -dʒi ə ri/
noun, plural plagiaries.
a plagiarist.
Origin of plagiary
1590-1600; < Latin plagiārius kidnapper, equivalent to plagi(um) kidnapping (akin to plaga snare) + -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After all this, will any one accuse me for a plagiary, and that I steal from the most common places?

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • The sin of plagiary is a development of modern civilisation.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • It may be that many a successful author has been a plagiarist, but no author ever succeeded because of his plagiary.

    Americanisms and Briticisms Brander Matthews
  • However, when Quinault said that a lady was in the case, the plagiary was forgiven.

    Popular Tales Charles Perrault
  • However, it also was severely criticized as a plagiary of the Finnish epic poem Kalevala.

    The Song Of Hiawatha Henry W. Longfellow
  • Yet the problem does not resolve itself into the simple question whether Pandolfini or Alberti was the plagiary.

  • There is no fear of plagiary; he cannot have said all; he cannot have said what I want to say.

  • plagiary existed, and was very common, but was not known as a sin.

    An Autobiography Anthony Trollope
  • This fact may exempt him, even in the eyes of too patriotic American critics, from “the common blame of a plagiary.”

  • Perhaps Ben is glancing at Shakespeare, who, if accused of plagiary by an angry rival, would merely laugh.

British Dictionary definitions for plagiary


noun (pl) -ries
(archaic) a person who plagiarizes or a piece of plagiarism
Word Origin
C16: from Latin plagiārus plunderer, from plagium kidnapping; related to plaga snare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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