- 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.
Origin of plagiarism
Examples from the Web for plagiarist
Hari was subsequently exposed as a plagiarist and liar, and his prize was vacated.The Orwell Prize Has a Chance to Redeem Itself
March 29, 2012
Yet, neither the one nor the other, as far as we know, was a plagiarist.The Book of Khalid
They are on a level with 'Punch's' proofs that Alexander Smith was a plagiarist.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
The strawberry is no more a plagiarist than the smilax, nor the grape than the nettle.The Foot-path Way
To this I reply that I borrow facts from every accessible source, and am not a plagiarist.
He who borrows only from heterogeneous works is not a plagiarist.
- the act of plagiarizing
- something plagiarized
Word Origin and History for plagiarist
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.