OTHER WORDS FROM plagiarismpla·gia·rist, nounpla·gia·ris·tic, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for plagiarism
Derived forms of plagiarismplagiarist, nounplagiaristic, adjective
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.