plagiarism

[pley-juh-riz-uhm, -jee-uh-riz-]
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. appropriation, infringement, piracy, counterfeiting; theft, borrowing, cribbing, passing off.
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:
1615–25; plagiar(y) + -ism

plagiarist, noun
plagiaristic, adjective
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plagiarism (ˈpleɪdʒəˌrɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the act of plagiarizing
2.  something plagiarized
 
'plagiarist
 
n
 
plagia'ristic
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

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.
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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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Example sentences
He was arrested not because he is a plagiarist, nor because of economic crimes.
We must distinguish in the first place between a plagiarist and a copyright infringer.
The plagiarist was enrolled in more courses than he could manage and accepted the recommendation to drop mine.
Society ignores or downplays incidents of plagiarism and focuses on the plagiarist's other accomplishments.
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