plagiarism

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noun pla·gia·rism \ˈplā-jə-ˌri-zəm also -jē-ə-\

Definition of plagiarism

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of plagiarizing

  2. 2 :  something plagiarized

plagiarist

play \ˈplā-jə-rist also -jē-ə\ noun

plagiaristic

play \ˌplā-jə-ˈri-stik also -jē-ə-\ adjective

Examples of plagiarism in a Sentence

  1. The student has been accused of plagiarism.

Recent Examples of plagiarism from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of plagiarism

1621


PLAGIARISM Defined for English Language Learners

plagiarism

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Definition of plagiarism for English Language Learners

  • : the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person : the act of plagiarizing something


PLAGIARISM Defined for Kids

plagiarism

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noun pla·gia·rism \ˈplā-jə-ˌri-zəm\

Definition of plagiarism for Students

  1. :  an act of copying the ideas or words of another person without giving credit to that person



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