PLA’GIARY. n.s. [from plagium, Lat.]
I. A thief in literature; one who steals the thoughts or writings
The ensuing discourse, lest I chance to be traduced for a
plagiary by him who has played the thief, was one of those
that, by a worthy hand, were stolen from me. South.
Without invention, a painter is but a copier, and a poet
but a plagiary of others; both are allowed sometimes to copy
and translate. Dryden’s Dufresnoy.
2. The crime of literary theft. Not used.
Plagiary had not its nativity with printing, but began when
the paucity of books scarce wanted that invention. Brown.