plagiarize

verb
pla·​gia·​rize | \ ˈplā-jə-ˌrīz also -jē-ə- \
plagiarized; plagiarizing

Definition of plagiarize

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

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Other Words from plagiarize

plagiarizer noun

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.

Examples of plagiarize in a Sentence

He plagiarized a classmate's report. She plagiarized from an article she read on the Internet.

Recent Examples on the Web

The website also hired one of the major promoters of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory (who then plagiarized from Unite the Right leader Jason Kessler), and Levant has appeared on Alex Jones’s Infowars show. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Steve King endorses a bona fide white supremacist for Toronto mayor," 18 Oct. 2018 Some have noted a sort of pastiche effect in the G70’s styling—a little of the Infiniti Q50 here, a lot of the Alfa Romeo Giulia there, a ventral chrome accent nearly plagiarized from the BMW. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Genesis G70: A Hyundai Spinoff You Can Proudly Drive," 12 Dec. 2018 Your Content does not plagiarize or otherwise infringe any third party copyright, moral rights or any other intellectual property rights or similar rights. Harper's BAZAAR, "Reader Submission Terms and Community Guidelines," 13 Jan. 2015 Is anybody working on a script about Mr. Biden plagiarizing speeches by Neil Kinnock? Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, "Cheney Biopic ‘Vice’ Has Few Virtues," 4 Oct. 2018 Hinostroza managed to ascend to the country's Supreme Court despite accusations of previous misconduct, including having allegedly plagiarized his thesis and a book that bears his name. Fox News, "Peru judicial chief resigns in latest scandal rocking Peru," 19 July 2018 The fledgling group, which has just 36 members, is also encouraging universities to make greater efforts to detect plagiarism—such as by installing software that can detect plagiarized material—and to penalize those who copy. Linda Nordling, Science | AAAS, "In Nigeria, a battle against academic plagiarism heats up," 27 June 2018 In North Carolina, Deberry’s candidacy hit a speed bump in March, when she was accused of plagiarizing pieces of Krasner’s campaign website. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "6 months in, Philly DA Larry Krasner cementing national stature among reform advocates," 12 June 2018 Which works has The Shape of Water been criticized of plagiarizing? Eliza Berman, Time, "Everything to Know About the Shape of Water Plagiarism Controversy," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of plagiarize

1660, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for plagiarize

plagiary

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More Definitions for plagiarize

plagiarize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plagiarize

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

plagiarize

verb
pla·​gia·​rize | \ ˈplā-jə-ˌrīz \
plagiarized; plagiarizing

Legal Definition of plagiarize

transitive verb

: 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 materialSmith v. Little, Brown & Co., 265 F. Supp. 451 (1965)

intransitive verb

: to present as new and original an idea or work derived from an existing source

Other Words from plagiarize

plagiarism \ -​ˌri-​zəm \ noun
plagiarist \ -​rist \ noun

History and Etymology for plagiarize

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

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