If you're putting a definition in an article or essay, do you have to cite where you got the definition to avoid plagiarism? Part of me feels like, because you are using their exact words, you have to cite them. The other part of me feels like you are simply stating a fact, so to speak, so you aren't stealing anything--a word means what it means. For instance, Pulp Fiction begins with definition of "Pulp." Tarantino doesn't cite a source--Pulp means what it means, no matter who said it. I want to begin my blog post with a definition of "irony." Just looking for what is expected.