- effort or desire to equal or excel others.
- Obsolete. jealous rivalry.
Origin of emulation
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Examples from the Web for emulation
What's not clear is whether Platt will profit or finally suffer from all the adoration and emulation.Ripping Off Larry Platt's "Pants"
February 1, 2010
Eliphaz Laki had been someone worthy of emulation: a prominent civil servant, a regional administrator known as a saza chief.Vanished in Uganda
June 5, 2009
It was very much the same way I believe Obama will seek to lead—partly by instinct and partly by emulation.Obama's Speech and the Burden of History
January 20, 2009
If possible:—that is, I confess, the object of my emulation.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
There was perfect uniformity, and yet an individual spirit and emulation.The Uncommercial Traveller
He had a mind untainted with envy, highly capable of emulation.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Was the boy trying to trick him, in emulation of his elders?The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
Criticism cannot reach, envy cannot detract from, emulation cannot equal them.
- the act of emulating or imitating
- the effort or desire to equal or surpass another or others
- archaic jealous rivalry
Word Origin and History for emulation
1550s, from Middle French émulation (13c.) and directly from Latin aemulationem (nominative aemulatio), from past participle stem of aemulari "to rival, strive to excel," from aemulus "striving, rivaling" (also as a noun, "a rival," fem. aemula), from Proto-Italic *aimo-, from PIE *aim-olo, from root *aim- "copy" (see imitation).