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plagiarize

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verb pla·gia·rize \ˈplā-jə-ˌrīz also -jē-ə-\

Simple Definition of plagiarize

  • : to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of plagiarize

plagiarized

plagiarizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own :  use (another's production) without crediting the source

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to commit literary theft :  present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

plagiarizer

noun

Examples of plagiarize in a sentence

  1. He plagiarized a classmate's report.

  2. She plagiarized from an article she read on the Internet.



The Kidnapping Roots of plagiarize

If schools wish to impress upon their students how serious an offense plagiarism is, they might start with an explanation of the word’s history. Plagiarize (and plagiarism) comes from the Latin plagiarius “kidnapper.” This word, derived from the Latin plaga (“a net used by hunters to catch game”), extended its meaning in Latin to include a person who stole the words, rather than the children, of another. When plagiarius first entered English in the form plagiary, it kept its original reference to kidnapping, a sense that is now quite obsolete.

Origin and Etymology of plagiarize

plagiary


First Known Use: 1716

Rhymes with plagiarize

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Law Dictionary

plagiarize

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verb pla·gia·rize \ˈplā-jə-ˌrīz\

Legal Definition of plagiarize

plagiarized

plagiarizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to copy and pass off (the expression of ideas or words of another) as one's own :  use (another's work) without crediting the source <the book contained plagiarized material — Smith v. Little, Brown & Co., 265 F. Supp. 451 (1965)>
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to present as new and original an idea or work derived from an existing source

plagiarism

\-ˌri-zəm\ play noun

plagiarist

\-rist\ play noun


Origin and Etymology of plagiarize

from plagiary plagiarist, from Latin plagiarius, literally, kidnapper, from plagium netting of game, kidnapping, from plaga net


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