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stealing ideas or actual passages from someone else's work and pretending they are your own
When writing an article attacking plagiarism, do not copy from someone else's work.
by yorrick hunt January 23, 2008
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Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work.

Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions like penalties, suspension, and even expulsion. Recently, cases of 'extreme plagiarism' have been identified in academia. The modern concept of plagiarism as immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe in the 18th century, particularly with the Romantic movement.

Plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but can constitute copyright infringement. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offense. Plagiarism and copyright infringement overlap to a considerable extent, but they are not equivalent concepts, and many types of plagiarism do not constitute copyright infringement, which is defined by copyright law and may be adjudicated by courts. Plagiarism is not defined or punished by law, but rather by institutions (including professional associations, educational institutions, and commercial entities, such as publishing companies).
This definition is my own original work, and NOT plagiarism. The fact that it coincides with Wikipedia is merely a coincidence.
by Parzival1919 May 09, 2017
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To have sex with a Book, Article, or the Internet, and therefore reproducing its words but with your last name.
Plagiarism involves 5 key Stages:

Stage 1: John is assigned a term paper.

Stage 2: John goes to the Library.

Stage 3: John "Checks Out" a book.

Stage 4: John "Reads Between the Lines".

Stage 5: A few paper cuts later… His paper is written.

To sum it all up…

One night of fun equals a finished paper.
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A term used to define ways people can acquire knowledge easily without actually using any of there own knowledge. Methods include copy and pasting information.
In class today Timmy had to write a report on the theory of evolution so he used plagiarism to help.
by Spartanmike December 10, 2013
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----1: a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else
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----2: the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas
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The act of stealing other peoples cool shit and saying it's your own.
the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
synonyms: copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing; informalcribbing
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