plagium


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plagium

the crime in Scotland of stealing a child.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

PLAGIUM. Man stealing, kidnapping. This offence is the crimen plagii of the Romans. Alis. Pr. Cr. Law, 280, 281.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The article includes a short essay by Bruno Migliorini which traces the etymology of the word, from the Greek plagion, 'subterfuge' (the adjective plagios means 'oblique'), via the Latin plagium (and later the verb plagiare and the noun plagiarius) with the sense of 'stealing people (especially slaves), kidnapping'.
Both men were charged with the theft of a child on Thursday - an offence which is legally known as plagium.