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Civil Law. The crime of kidnapping (specifically of kidnapping children); an instance of this.
Late 16th century. From classical Latin plagium kidnapping (2nd cent. a.d.), either from ancient Greek πλάγιος oblique, or from classical Latin plaga net, snare + -ium, neuter of -ius, suffix forming adjectives; compare classical Latin plagium netting of game (1st cent. a.d.).
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