The Post presented a half-dozen examples of plagiarism (which can be viewed here) but downplayed their significance.
In the piece, Gladwell asked, “Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life?”
In November 2013, Driscoll was accused of plagiarism by radio talk show host Janet Mefferd.
After Joni Mitchell accused Bob Dylan of plagiarism, the blogosphere exploded and Dylan detractors cheered.
plagiarism is a serious intellectual and academic transgression.
Like Molière, Shakespeare had outlived the charge of plagiarism, made long ago by the jealous Ben.
She borrowed it now in her hour of need, and laughed, unconscious of her plagiarism.
Of the Thanatopsis he thought better, though inclined to suspect it of being a plagiarism.
But it was when they charged him with plagiarism that his critics hit him on the raw.
Please do not understand that, in calling attention to these similarities, I intend to accuse anyone of plagiarism.
1620s, from -ism + plagiary (n.) "plagiarist, literary thief" (1590s), from Latin plagiarius "kidnapper, seducer, plunderer, one who kidnaps the child or slave of another," used by Martial in the sense of "literary thief," from plagiare "to kidnap," plagium "kidnapping," from plaga "snare, hunting net," perhaps from PIE *plag- (on notion of "something extended"), from root *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).
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.
Note: Similar theft in music or other arts is also called plagiarism.