Plagiarism definition

plājə-rĭzəm
An instance of plagiarizing, especially a passage that is taken from the work of one person and reproduced in the work of another without attribution.
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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.

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Copying or stealing someone else’s words or ideas and claiming or presenting them as if they were your own. See also infringement.
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(uncountable) The act of plagiarizing: the copying of another person's ideas, text, or other creative work, and presenting it as one's own, especially without permission.

Even if it's not illegal, plagiarism is usually frowned upon.

Copy from one, it's plagiarism. Copy from two, it's research.

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(uncountable) Text or other work resulting from this act.

The novel was awash in plagiarism, with entire passages lifted verbatim.

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The act or behavior of plagiarizing.
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An idea, plot, etc. that has been plagiarized.
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The act of plagiarizing.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
plagiarism
Plural:
plagiarisms

Origin of plagiarism

  • From plagiary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From plagiary +"Ž -ism.

    From Wiktionary