Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of plagiarizing.
  • n. Something plagiarized.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. Text or other work resulting from this act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of plagiarizing.
  • n. That which is plagiarized; a work which has been plagiarized.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The purloining or wrongful appropriation of another's ideas, writings, artistic designs, etc., and giving these forth as one's own; specifically, the offense of taking passages from another's compositions, and publishing them, either word for word or in substance, as one's own; literary theft.
  • n. A passage or thought thus stolen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
  • n. a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work

Etymologies

From plagiary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From plagiary +‎ -ism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • UPDATE: Here's a longer piece by Anderson who does not use the term plagiarism, including a detailed list of passages displaying unacknowledged overlap and repetition.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • He also says plagiarism is actually a form of identity theft, because the ideas of an author are his identity.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Battle for the Internet:

  • "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, surely you can see that the charge that my client has committed plagiarism is less parsimonious than her claim that she was divinely inspired?"

    An Amazing First Century

  • In academia and the business world, they'd call it plagiarism or intellectual property theft.

    Archive 2009-10-04

  • The New York Times has been a tad lax in their strict enforcement of the rules of editorial integrity -- which probably explains why William Kristol was allowed to work the term of his contract -- but blatant word-for-word plagiarism is different than getting your facts wrong or filing under a dateline that would appear to put you in the story when you're not.

    More Than Just Cut and Paste

  • Translation of the Statement of B. Strugatsky about the fake accusation of Cameron in plagiarism, or similarities between Avatar and the Noon

    March 2010

  • But the potential for accusations of plagiarism is only one of the reasons I've made a rule of not reading unpublished mss.

    "The needle sticks and the penny drops."

  • If the plagiarism is true, the guy shouldn't have a leg to stand on regardless of who found the plagiarism.

    Ward Churchill "wins"

  • I call plagiarism by 'Anonymous' who copypasted this-- and much else--without attribution:

    Betroffenheitstroll

  • And it's taught a whole generation of kids that plagiarism is trivial and research is easy ...

    February 2008

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  • Dorothy Parker called this "the only 'ism' that Hollywood believes in."

    October 7, 2008