Definition of plagiarism in US English:

plagiarism

noun

  • The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

    ‘there were accusations of plagiarism’
    count noun ‘it claims there are similar plagiarisms in the software produced at the university’
    • ‘We end this week's Science Show with a reminder that there is a grand tradition of plagiarism in some places.’
    • ‘Genuinely unaware of my plagiarism, I appear to have stolen this idea from Stuart.’
    • ‘Anyone with that academic background knows the serious consequences of plagiarism of words and ideas.’
    • ‘An accusation of plagiarism assumes not only that you can spot a repetition but that you know where originality lies.’
    • ‘These exchanges were seen as a healthy part of the distribution of information, not a form of piracy or plagiarism.’
    • ‘Practices that would not be considered to be plagiarism in a speech might be in a journalistic article.’
    • ‘The accusations of plagiarism caught a lot of local and national media attention.’
    • ‘We have called him out several times on his blatant plagiarism in the Bahama Journal.’
    • ‘There have been some charges of plagiarism on account of this reference which to my mind are spurious and nonsensical.’
    • ‘Students are particularly vulnerable to dangerous practices such as plagiarism.’
    • ‘When that becomes an acceptable practice, other forms of plagiarism don't seem so out of line.’
    • ‘Much ink and accusations of plagiarism have been spilled over the story's origins.’
    • ‘Another main difference for me between now and then is that I no longer take plagiarism personally.’
    • ‘Journalists don't have the monopoly on plagiarism, nor are they the worst offenders.’
    • ‘The judge has already said that, although there are similarities between book and film, they do not appear to amount to plagiarism.’
    • ‘He had no intention of letting some musical shark claim a share of his royalties and copyright fees on the strength of an accusation of plagiarism.’
    • ‘However not all accusations of plagiarism are deemed to be founded in fact.’
    • ‘Towards the end, deception, fraud and plagiarism are laid bare.’
    • ‘It can be used to find more sophisticated cases of plagiarism or intellectual property theft.’
    • ‘It is especially so when such papers are tainted with plagiarism and dirty school politics.’
    copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing, poaching, appropriation
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin plagiarius ‘kidnapper’ (from plagium ‘a kidnapping’, from Greek plagion) + -ism.

Pronunciation

plagiarism

/ˈplājəˌrizəm//ˈpleɪdʒəˌrɪzəm/