[ sim-yuh-ley-kruhm ]
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noun,plural sim·u·la·cra [sim-yuh-ley-kruh]. /ˌsɪm yəˈleɪ krə/.
  1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.

  2. an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.

Origin of simulacrum

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin simulācrum “likeness, image,” equivalent to simulā(re) “to pretend, imitate” + -crum instrumental suffix; see origin at simulate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for simulacrum


/ (ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm) /

nounplural -cra (-krə) archaic
  1. any image or representation of something

  2. a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness

Origin of simulacrum

C16: from Latin: likeness, from simulāre to imitate, from similis like

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