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biblioklept

[bib-lee-uh-klept] /ˈbɪb li əˌklɛpt/
noun
1.
a person who steals books.
Origin of biblioklept
1880-1885
1880-85; biblio- + Greek kléptēs thief; see kleptomania
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  • There is a thievish nature more hateful than even the biblioklept.

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  • Shall we say, then, that the Robustious Philistine is the worse citizen, while the biblioklept is the worse man?

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  • This sentence has naturally caused us to reflect on the ethical character of the biblioklept.

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Word Origin and History for biblioklept
n.

1881, from biblio- + Greek kleptes "thief" (see kleptomania). Walsh calls it "a modern euphemism which softens the ugly word book-thief by shrouding it in the mystery of the Greek language."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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