Examples of plagiarism in a Sentence
The student has been accused of plagiarism.
Recent Examples of plagiarism from the Web
The New York Times is ditching its public editor position, created in 2003 as the paper sought to restore its credibility with readers after a plagiarism scandal.
Computer science professors are now delivering stern warnings at the start of each course, and, like colleagues in other subjects, deploy software to flag plagiarism.
But students are aware of these plagiarism detection services and take measures to avoid getting caught.
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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
PLAGIARISM Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of plagiarism for Students
: an act of copying the ideas or words of another person without giving credit to that person
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