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[pley-juh-rahyz, -jee-uh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), pla·gia·rized, pla·gia·riz·ing.
  1. to take and use by plagiarism.
  2. to take and use ideas, passages, etc., from (another's work) by plagiarism.
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verb (used without object), pla·gia·rized, pla·gia·riz·ing.
  1. to commit plagiarism.
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Also especially British, pla·gia·rise.

Origin of plagiarize

First recorded in 1710–20; plagiar(ism) + -ize
Related formspla·gia·riz·er, nounun·pla·gia·rized, adjective
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for plagiarised



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



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

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