What does plagiarism mean?

Definitions for plagiarismˈpleɪ dʒəˌrɪz əm, -dʒi əˌrɪz-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word plagiarism.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plagiarism(noun)

    a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work

  2. plagiarism, plagiarization, plagiarisation, piracy(noun)

    the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own


  1. plagiarism(Noun)

    The act of plagiarizing: the copying of another person's ideas, text or other creative work, and presenting it as one's own, especially without permission.

    Though plagiarism in and of itself is not illegal, it is usually frowned upon; and many cases of plagiarism involve illegal copyright violation.

  2. plagiarism(Noun)

    Text or other work resulting from this act.

    The novel contained many instances of plagiarism; in fact, some entire passages were lifted verbatim from other novelists' work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plagiarism(noun)

    the act or practice of plagiarizing

  2. Plagiarism(noun)

    that which plagiarized

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. plagiarisme.]


  1. Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "purloining and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions," and the representation of them as one's own original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules. The modern concept of plagiarism as immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe only in the 18th century, particularly with the Romantic movement. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions like expulsion. Plagiarism is not a crime per se but in academia and industry it is a serious ethical offense, and cases of plagiarism can constitute copyright infringement.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Plagiarism

    Passing off as one's own the work of another without credit.

Editors Contribution

  1. Plagiarism

    Etymologically, "plagiarism" means stealing something from someone sitting "next" (Greek "plagios") to you.

    Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work or borrowing someone else's original ideas.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plagiarism in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plagiarism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paul Gauguin:

    Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

  2. William Ralph Inge:

    What is originality Undetected plagiarism.

  3. William Ralph Inge:

    What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

  4. Dorothy Parker:

    The only "ism" Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.

  5. George Moore:

    Taking something from one man and making it worse is plagiarism.

Images & Illustrations of plagiarism

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