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Definition of "plagiary" []

  • Plagiarism. (noun)
  • Archaic One who plagiarizes. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "plagiary" in a sentence
  • "The Oxford English Dictionary cites the Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson as the first person to use the word plagiary to designate literary theft -- and he was making a joke."
  • "Such a man I would call a plagiary, but not the pirate of a book; nor do I think that he would fall under the sanction of the statute, which only forbids him to use the book for a press-copy, to transfer the author's words from paper to paper, by the mere mechanical operation of printing, without any labour of the mind; but does not prohibit him to exercise either his memory or judgment upon it."
  • ""plagiary" are obvious: modern adaptations of classics -- Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, etc."