Meaning of plagiarism

pla•gia•rism

Pronunciation: (plā'ju-riz"um, -jē-u-riz"-), [key]
— n.
  1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.
  2. something used and represented in this manner.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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