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plagiarism

Syllabification: pla·gia·rism
Pronunciation: /ˈplājəˌrizəm
 
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Definition of plagiarism in English:

noun

The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.
Example sentences
  • Anyone with that academic background knows the serious consequences of plagiarism of words and ideas.
  • Students are particularly vulnerable to dangerous practices such as plagiarism.
  • Journalists don't have the monopoly on plagiarism, nor are they the worst offenders.
Synonyms
copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing
informal cribbing

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin plagiarius 'kidnapper' (from plagium 'a kidnapping', from Greek plagion) + -ism.

More
  • This term for taking someone's ideas and passing them off as one's own is from Latin plagiarius ‘kidnapper’. The Latin poet Martial ( ad 40–c.102) used the term in one of his poems for a literary thief.

Derivatives

plagiarist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • He has inspired imitators, tolerated plagiarists and confounded the computer geeks who try in vain to turn his craft into software.
  • Unlike the countless self-pitying plagiarists who have followed in his wake, his was not simply another all-American whine.
  • I often wonder what journalism's legendary scribes would say about this year's crop of liars, plagiarists, and incompetents.

plagiaristic

2
Pronunciation: /ˌplājəˈristik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Which means, of course, that the folks at Shanghai Daily aren't really a bunch of unoriginal plagiaristic copycats.
  • Unless of course I merely forgot I'd heard it and it slowly burrowed its way back into my conscious, furtively enough to avoid plagiaristic suspicion and think, for one small, precious moment, that it might have been mine.
  • A more plagiaristic reworking of the Doors’ ‘Riders on the Storm’ I have yet to hear.

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