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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for plagiarising
Historical Examples
  • He justifies himself from the charge of plagiarising from Plautus and Naevius8.

  • He now solemnly accuses me of plagiarising the poem he had the vulgarity to attribute to me.

    Miscellanies Oscar Wilde
  • If the Colonel's tale this morning was wonderful to the listener, the author suspected that he was plagiarising.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • The nineteenth century was plagiarising the eighteenth, and following precedents whose day was past.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • I reserve my opinion, from an artist's point of view, on this plagiarising of the words of songs.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for plagiarising


to appropriate (ideas, passages, etc) from (another work or author)
Derived Forms
plagiarizer, plagiariser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plagiarising



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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