Origin of emulation
Examples from the Web for emulation
What's not clear is whether Platt will profit or finally suffer from all the adoration and emulation.
Eliphaz Laki had been someone worthy of emulation: a prominent civil servant, a regional administrator known as a saza chief.
It was very much the same way I believe Obama will seek to lead—partly by instinct and partly by emulation.
The painter wrought the work in emulation of his masters altar-piece (No. 38).Venice and its Story|Thomas Okey
Yet there was a sort of emulation among them, "who should be the first in delivering the money to the spirits."Authors and Writers Associated with Morristown|Julia Keese Colles
Emulation is the desire which is begotten in us of a thing because we imagine that other persons have the same desire.The Philosophy of Spinoza|Baruch de Spinoza
The spirit of emulation thrilled all the thrillable workmen, but the riveters were the spectacular favorites.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
This pact but stimulated the emulation of the three young people.The Sufistic Quatrains of Omar Khayyam|Omar Khayyam
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).