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  1. a person who steals books.
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Origin of biblioklept

1880–85; biblio- + Greek kléptēs thief; see kleptomania
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Examples from the Web for biblioklept

Historical Examples

  • There is a thievish nature more hateful than even the biblioklept.

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    Andrew Lang

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

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    Andrew Lang

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

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    Andrew Lang

Word Origin and History for biblioklept


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."

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