1. The action or practice of plagiarizing; the wrongful appropriation or purloining, and publication as one's own, of the ideas,
or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) of another.
1621 BP. R. MONTAGU Diatribæ 23 Were you afraid to bee challenged for plagiarisme? 1716 M. DAVIES Athen. Brit. II. To Rdr. 46 A good Plea to any Charge of Plagiarism or Satyrism. 1753 JOHNSON Adventurer No. 95 9 Nothing..can be more unjust than to charge an author with plagiarism merely because he..makes his personages act as others in like circumstances have done. 1820 HAZLITT Lect. Dram. Lit. 257 If an author is once detected in borrowing, he will be suspected of plagiarism ever after. 1861 BUCKLE Civiliz. II. vi. 542 A certain unity of design which is inconsistent with extensive plagiarism.
Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country (December 1831): "Poetical Plagiaries"
Does [the would-be poet] meet with some dowdy dowager, whom it is politic to palaver? He rummages the Greek anthology; but, not trusting to his own translation, follows his English guides, as usual:
"No spring nor summer's beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face"
-- Donne, "The Autumnal"
. . . .
Would he beg a kiss, and offer to pay for it with a song? He has Sidney by heart, and paraphrases accordingly:
"My lips are sweet, inspired with Stella's kiss" -- Sir P. Sidney, Astrophel and Stella