We often hear the phrase “Plagiarism” in our daily life. But we are unaware of its actual meaning and depth. As per etymology, word Plagiarism was initially used in early 17th century and it is derived from Latin word plagiarius ‘kidnapper’ and word plagium ‘a kidnapping,’. It also has derivations from Greek word plagion meaning same.
According to the Oxford’s dictionary, Plagiarism can be defined as :
“ noun [mass noun] The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”
In common language, we refer copy-pasting as plagiarism, which is true up-to some extend.
This term for taking someone’s ideas and passing them off as one’s own is from Latin plagiarius ‘kidnapper’. The Latin poet Martial ( ad 40–c.102) used the term in one of his poems for a literary thief.
In simple words, it the unethical and illegal activity of showing others piece of work as your own. We can also say that plagiarism is the theft of literary content.
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