Definitions

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  • n. One who plagiarizes; or purloins the words, writings, or ideas of another, and passes them off as his or her own; a literary thief; a plagiary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who plagiarizes, or purloins the words, writings, or ideas of another, and passes them off as his own; a literary thief; a plagiary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who plagiarizes; one who is guilty of plagiarism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own

Etymologies

From plagiary +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • NB: As an addendum to my last comment (still the last on the page, unless someone comments while I write this), because I've learned in the last few hours that calling Biden a plagiarist is truly unfair, I add the following, which I'm stealing directly from a comment thread at Making Light and I don't know how to do a proper hyperlink:

    But Dick Cheney was a statesman

  • Turns out my plagiarist is taking a class with him too, and Tom starts raving about this Joyce paper the kid wrote.

    Horseman

  • And when someone like Stephen Ambrose turns out to be a serial plagiarist, which is what he was from the beginning of his career, as I document in the book, then that pulls down the whole edifice the rest of us are trying to construct whereby people respect us because we follow the rules that we impose upon ourselves.

    Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud American History from Bancroft and Parkman To Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis and Goodwin

  • Here, before the chapel of St. Louis, Raphael lingered, learning the frescoed Sibyls of its vault so by heart that he almost reproduced them afterward in the Pace at Rome -- that dear Raphael who did not fear being called a plagiarist, his soul was so full of beauty, and he so transfigured whatever he touched with that suave pencil of his that seemed to have been clipped in light for a color.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 26, September, 1880

  • I love the idea of churnalism.com and PlagiPedia and what it might mean for journalism - Being shamed and exposed as a plagiarist should be a stain on a reputation but I'm not sure it will be.

    The Guardian World News

  • Bob Dylan as a "fake" and a "plagiarist" - insisting the folk legend's entire act is a

    Femalefirst.co.uk - Celebrity Gossip + Lifestyle Magazine

  • It's similarly useless when talking about low-end novelists: I can point out that both Anna Eliza Bray and Emily Sarah Holt steal from John Foxe, but once I've branded "plagiarist" on their respective foreheads, I'll still be left with the problem of what they've chosen to steal and how it affects the texts in question.

    Plagiary

  • The label "plagiarist" can ruin a writer, destroy a scholarly career, blast a politician's chances for election, and cause the expulsion of a student from a college or university.

    On Plagiarism

  • ‘So if I don’t plagiarize, why am I being called a plagiarist?’

    Temptation

  • “As far as I’m concerned, a plagiarist is a plagiarist whether they’re writing fanfic, original fic, or brochures for a child-care company.”

    Crimes of Fanfic « Whatever

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