[ pley-juh-ree, -jee-uh-ree ]
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noun,plural pla·gia·ries.
  1. a plagiarist.

Origin of plagiary

1590–1600; <Latin plagiārius kidnapper, equivalent to plagi(um) kidnapping (akin to plaga snare) + -ārius-ary

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How to use plagiary in a sentence

  • On a famous occasion Charles Reade drew a line between plagiary and justifiable borrowing.

    Adventures in Criticism | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • 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
  • He is a great plagiary of tavern wit, and comes to sermons only that he may talk of Austin.

    Microcosmography | John Earle
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for plagiary


/ (ˈpleɪdʒərɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. archaic a person who plagiarizes or a piece of plagiarism

Origin of plagiary

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

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