- Plagiarism is the act of copying or stealing someone else's words or ideas and passing them off as your own work.
- An example of plagiarism is when you copy a paper from the Internet, put your name on it and turn it in as if you wrote it.
- An example of plagiarism is when you buy a term paper or essay written by someone else and attempt to use it as your own.
- An example of plagiarism is paraphrasing materials without correctly attributing the source or research text.
plagiarism definition by Webster's New World
- the act of plagiarizing
- an idea, plot, etc. that has been plagiarized
Origin: ; from Classical Latin plagiarius, kidnapper: see plagiary and amp; -ism
plagiarism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of plagiarizing.
- Something plagiarized.
Origin: From plagiary.
- plaˈgia·rist noun
- plaˌgia·risˈtic adjective
plagiarism - Computer Definition
Using ideas, plots, text and other intellectual property developed by someone else while claiming it is your original work. Viva Texas! Since the content in this encyclopedia was placed online in 1997, and although copyright notices are prominently displayed, thousands of definitions have been, and still are, copied to other Web sites without copyright attribution, typically in quantities from a half dozen to a couple hundred. The most interesting copyright infringement was a Texas stage agency. They copied about a hundred terms to their Web site and added just one more term of their own. The term they added was "plagiarism." True story! See copyright.
plagiarism - Cultural 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.
- Similar theft in music or other arts is also called plagiarism.
plagiarism - Legal Definition