an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author: It is said that he plagiarized Thoreau's plagiarism of a line written by Montaigne.
a piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation: “These two manuscripts are clearly plagiarisms,” the editor said, tossing them angrily on the floor.
- pla·gia·rist, noun
- pla·gia·ris·tic, adjective
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How to use plagiarism in a sentence
One of the most oft-cited studies was done by scientists supporting the use of the drug, while another in Egypt was withdrawn by its publisher last month over concerns about plagiarism and suspect data.How the right’s ivermectin conspiracy theories led to people buying horse dewormer | Aaron Blake | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
After rapidly rising in polling earlier this year, the Greens have slipped — in part because of a plagiarism controversy involving Baerbock.
Dan totally bombed on his part of the project — factual inaccuracies, outright plagiarism, way less output than required.
While Mallory’s deceptions about his identity were brought to light, accusations of plagiarism also began to mount.What to Know About The Woman in the Window as the Movie Adaptation Hits Netflix | Annabel Gutterman | May 14, 2021 | Time
Since then, scams have blossomed online and plagiarism how-to guides have sprouted across the fertile fields of conspiracy-theory forums.Bar owner charged with selling fake coronavirus vaccine cards in one of the first cases of its kind | Reis Thebault | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
In the piece, Gladwell asked, “Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life?”
CNN presenter Fareed Zakaria has been hit by another wave of plagiarism accusations.Can Fareed Zakaria Survive A Plagiarism Firestorm? | Lloyd Grove | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In November 2013, Driscoll was accused of plagiarism by radio talk show host Janet Mefferd.Megachurch Mars Hill To close Doors: What Does the Future Hold Now? | Warren Throckmorton | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dorothy Parker once noted that “the only ‘ism’ Hollywood cares about is plagiarism.”
To help make a case, the suit attempts to establish both opportunity and a pattern of plagiarism on the part of the band.‘No Stairway, Denied!’ Led Zeppelin Lawsuit Winds on Down the Road | Keith Phipps | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Besides all this, there is the painful question of plagiarism.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) | Leslie Stephen
There was therefore every possibility of Nilus being suddenly confronted with the source of his plagiarism.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster
Their fine thoughts he certainly associated with his own, but with such skill that he could not be accused of plagiarism.Byron | Richard Edgcumbe
Speak freely, for we priests—' That last was a direct plagiarism from a faquir by the Taksali Gate.Kim | Rudyard Kipling
The plagiarism which, if not found out at once, was found out very soon, is the least of these: in fact hardly a fault at all.The English Novel | George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for plagiarism
the act of plagiarizing
- plagiarist, noun
- plagiaristic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for plagiarism
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.
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