The claiming or taking of something for one’s own purpose and use, usually without the owner’s permission. Note that in an art context, one can perform artistic appropriation (taking another’s imagery and using it in one’s own work), intellectual appropriation (taking another’s ideas and using them in one’s own work), and cultural appropriation (taking another culture’s ideas, images, or language and using them in one’s own work). While appropriation is sometimes seen as theft, in some artistic cases it can also be a way of honouring the owner of the thing that is being taken; for example, a junior artist’s use of colours similar to a senior artist can be a way of demonstrating that that older artist is an important influence.

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