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Is there a specific word for someone who takes credit for other people's work?

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    Plagiarist (noun): One who illicitly reproduces the artistic work, for example, of another. – Yay Jan 19 '16 at 22:54
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    Also: fraud, charlatan, impostor, stealer, plagiarizer. – Yay Jan 19 '16 at 23:16
  • Sounds exactly like a politician. – user140086 Jan 20 '16 at 3:30
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Plagiarist is obvious, and perhaps a bit too obvious, i.e. almost, but not entirely, what you're looking for.

Cryptomnesiac is wittier and more to the point (in some cases). It would imply that the thief has no memory of actually stealing someone else's work and assumes that it is his own.

Here's a Wiki article on it

  • @user116032: You've got a point. We're looking for something with leech-like qualities, yet nearly the exact opposite of sycophant. – Ricky Jan 20 '16 at 0:46

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