- serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain.
- an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute.
Origin of ersatz
Examples from the Web for ersatz
They were done to give a thin patina of ersatz legitimacy to what is otherwise flagrant sexual assault.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
An elderly couple dances under flashing lights in an ersatz disco club.Inside Japan's 30,000 Kinky ‘Love Hotels’
August 4, 2014
Our hopes have gotten so cheesy that even the cheese is ersatz.Tina Brown: Why Kim Kardashian Isn’t ‘Aspirational'
April 1, 2014
Plus, the song is catchy and rich with emotion which, although it may be ersatz, is pop perfection.One Direction, Harry Styles and the Princess Diana Connection
September 22, 2013
Unfortunately, the admissions system seems to be primarily geared towards fake sincerity and ersatz enrichment.The Absurd Lies of College Admissions
April 1, 2013
This ersatz ranch-house was owned by two completely unlovelies.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett
He slid into his chair and reached automatically for the ersatz grapefruit.Tony and the Beetles
Philip K. Dick
We had long been ridiculing the Germans for their ersatz ingenuity.Paris Vistas
Helen Davenport Gibbons
It is the same difference as that between the ersatz and the authentic.An Autobiography
The brass fittings were still in place, and there were no signs of ersatz towels, sheets, or even lace curtains.To Kiel in the 'Hercules'
Lewis R. Freeman
- made in imitation of some natural or genuine product; artificial
- an ersatz substance or article
Word Origin and History for ersatz
1875, from German Ersatz "units of the army reserve," literally "compensation, replacement, substitute," from ersetzen "to replace," from Old High German irsezzen, from ir-, unaccented variant of ur- + setzen "to set" (see set (v.)). As a noun, from 1892.