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plagiarism

[pley-juh-riz-uh m, -jee-uh-riz-] /ˈpleɪ dʒəˌrɪz əm, -dʒi əˌrɪz-/
noun
1.
an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author:
It is said that he plagiarized Thoreau's plagiarism of a line written by Montaigne.
2.
a piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation:
“These two manuscripts are clearly plagiarisms,” the editor said, tossing them angrily on the floor.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; plagiar(y) + -ism
Related forms
plagiarist, noun
plagiaristic, adjective
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Examples for plagiarism
  • Since proving plagiarism is hard, legal redress is normally an expensive dream.
  • Heed these rules, and there shouldn't be any question of plagiarism.
  • These conversations turn frequently to the issue of student plagiarism.
  • Some industrious bloggers have been fisking the thesis for examples of plagiarism.
  • In the glaring examples of plagiarism he just took somebody else's work and repackaged it.
  • When word of the plagiarism got out, the newspapers jumped on it.
  • Not being a secretive man, he published the result in 1684, and was immediately accused of plagiarism by Newton.
  • If this seems to be a bit of sly plagiarism, it doesn't feel like it.
  • Failure to cite your sources and making 'news' appear as your own break is called 'plagiarism'.
  • He has denied that he committed plagiarism.
British Dictionary definitions for plagiarism

plagiarism

/ˈpleɪdʒəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
the act of plagiarizing
2.
something plagiarized
Derived Forms
plagiarist, noun
plagiaristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for plagiarism
plagiarism
1621, from L. plagiarius "kidnapper, seducer, plunderer," used in the sense of "literary thief" by Martial, from plagium "kidnapping," from plaga "snare, net," from PIE base *p(e)lag- "flat, spread out." Plagiary is attested from 1597.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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plagiarism in Culture

plagiarism definition


Literary theft. Plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer's language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers' words as their legal property. To avoid the charge of plagiarism, writers take care to credit those from whom they borrow and quote.

Note: Similar theft in music or other arts is also called plagiarism.
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Encyclopedia Article for plagiarism

the act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one's own. The fraudulence is closely related to forgery and piracy-practices generally in violation of copyright laws.

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