Adjective "plagiarism" definition and examples

(Plagiarism may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
  1. count noun 'it claims there are similar plagiarisms in the software produced at the university'
  2. 'When that becomes an acceptable practice, other forms of plagiarism don't seem so out of line.'
  3. 'Another main difference for me between now and then is that I no longer take plagiarism personally.'
  4. 'It can be used to find more sophisticated cases of plagiarism or intellectual property theft.'
  5. 'It is especially so when such papers are tainted with plagiarism and dirty school politics.'
  6. 'There have been some charges of plagiarism on account of this reference which to my mind are spurious and nonsensical.'
  7. 'Journalists don't have the monopoly on plagiarism, nor are they the worst offenders.'
  8. 'We have called him out several times on his blatant plagiarism in the Bahama Journal.'
  9. 'Practices that would not be considered to be plagiarism in a speech might be in a journalistic article.'
  10. 'The judge has already said that, although there are similarities between book and film, they do not appear to amount to plagiarism.'
  11. 'However not all accusations of plagiarism are deemed to be founded in fact.'

More definitions

1. 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.Synonyms: appropriation, infringement, piracy, counterfeiting; theft, borrowing, cribbing, passing off.

2. a piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation:

More examples(as adjective)

"charges can be plagiarism."

"whiles can be plagiarism."

"involvings can be plagiarism."

"investigations can be plagiarism."


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