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[pley-juh-rahyz, -jee-uh-rahyz] /ˈpleɪ dʒəˌraɪz, -dʒi əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), plagiarized, plagiarizing.
to take and use by plagiarism.
to take and use ideas, passages, etc., from (another's work) by plagiarism.
verb (used without object), plagiarized, plagiarizing.
to commit plagiarism.
Also, especially British, plagiarise.
Origin of plagiarize
First recorded in 1710-20; plagiar(ism) + -ize
Related forms
plagiarizer, noun
unplagiarized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for plagiarised
Historical Examples
  • But for the most part, he remained a spectator and plagiarised from real life.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • At sight of his distress, I plagiarised unblushingly from Myner.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • But he would not even understand the vice he plagiarised: especially he would not understand that the vice is partly a virtue.

    All Things Considered G. K. Chesterton
  • At sight of his distress I plagiarised unblushingly from Myner.

  • At this time he had a great horror of its being said that he plagiarised, or that he studied for ideas, and wrote with difficulty.

  • Diamante, a Spanish dramatic poet, who plagiarised Corneille's "Cid" and passed it off as original; b. 1826.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The four figures of the Palladian urn on p. 313 are plagiarised in a similar way.

    Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite
  • It was a fixed article of faith with Chateaubriand that Byron had plagiarised his personality without acknowledgment.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron

    Francis Henry Gribble
  • In fact I know no play of this early date in which Shakespeare is so persistently imitated or plagiarised.

British Dictionary definitions for plagiarised


to appropriate (ideas, passages, etc) from (another work or author)
Derived Forms
plagiarizer, plagiariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for plagiarised



1716, from plagiary "plagiarist" (see plagiarism) + -ize. Related: Plagiarized; plagiarizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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