[pley-juh-ree, -jee-uh-ree]

noun, plural pla·gia·ries.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for plagiary

plagiarist, plagiarizer, stealer

Examples from the Web for plagiary

Historical Examples of plagiary

  • 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

  • However, when Quinault said that a lady was in the case, the plagiary was forgiven.

    Popular Tales

    Charles Perrault

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for plagiary


noun plural -ries

archaic a person who plagiarizes or a piece of plagiarism

Word Origin for plagiary

C16: from Latin plagiārus plunderer, from plagium kidnapping; related to plaga snare
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