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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Plagiary, n. [e.m.E. plagiary (1613), L. plagiārius a kidnapper.] a. A kidnapper. b. Literary theft, plagiarism; comb. with stuff. — 1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. ii. xxv. 2. (1678) 524.
As was found in the case of some gentlemen … who being pursued before the Council as plagiaries for taking away Anna Gibson, it was found [etc.]
1681 Colvil Whig's Suppl. (1751) 14.
Nought … but plagiary stuff By which they purchase praise and money

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