Definitions for: Imitation

[n] copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
[n] a copy that is represented as the original
[n] the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
[n] a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
[adj] artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "coffee substitute"
[adj] not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated aligator hide"

Webster (1913) Definition: Im"i*ta"tion, n. [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]
1. The act of imitating.

Poesy is an art of imitation, . . . that is to say,
a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth.
--Sir P.

2. That which is made or produced as a copy; that which is
made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or
for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance.

Both these arts are not only true imitations of
nature, but of the best nature. --Dryden.

3. (Mus.) One of the principal means of securing unity and
consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of
essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on
different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other
parts of voises. Cf. Canon.

4. (Biol.) The act of condition of imitating another species
of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate,
v. t., 3.

Note: Imitation is often used adjectively to characterize
things which have a deceptive appearance, simulating
the qualities of a superior article; -- opposed to
real or genuine; as, imitation lace; imitation
bronze; imitation modesty, etc.

Synonyms: artificial, caricature, counterfeit, ersatz, fake, false, faux, forgery, impersonation, simulated, substitute(p), unreal

Antonyms: formalism

See Also: burlesque, charade, copy, copying, doctrine, emulation, fake, humor, humour, ism, lampoon, mimesis, mimicry, mockery, parody, pasquinade, philosophy, postiche, put-on, school of thought, sendup, sham, spoof, takeoff, travesty, wit, witticism, wittiness

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