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IMITATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imitation mean? 

IMITATION (noun)
  The noun IMITATION has 4 senses:

1. the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
2. a copy that is represented as the original
3. copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
4. a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

  Familiarity information: IMITATION used as a noun is uncommon.


IMITATION (adjective)
  The adjective IMITATION has 1 sense:

1. not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

  Familiarity information: IMITATION used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMITATION (noun)


Sense 1imitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("imitation" is a kind of...):

doctrine; ism; philosophical system; philosophy; school of thought (a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imitation"):

mimesis (the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature)

Antonym:

formalism (the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented)


Sense 2imitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A copy that is represented as the original

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

counterfeit; forgery; imitation

Hypernyms ("imitation" is a kind of...):

copy (a secondary representation of an original)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imitation"):

fake; postiche; sham (something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be)


Sense 3imitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("imitation" is a kind of...):

copying (an act of copying)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imitation"):

emulation (effort to equal or surpass another)

mimicry (the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators)


Sense 4imitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

caricature; impersonation; imitation

Hypernyms ("imitation" is a kind of...):

humor; humour; wit; witticism; wittiness (a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "imitation"):

mock-heroic (a satirical imitation of heroic verse)

burlesque; charade; lampoon; mockery; parody; pasquinade; put-on; sendup; spoof; takeoff; travesty (a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way)


IMITATION (adjective)


Sense 1imitation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

Synonyms:

faux; imitation; simulated; fake; false

Context examples:

it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur / faux pearls / false teeth / decorated with imitation palm leaves / a purse of simulated alligator hide

Similar:

artificial; unreal (contrived by art rather than nature)


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