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|Russell Saunders|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An elderly couple dances under flashing lights in an ersatz disco club.
Our hopes have gotten so cheesy that even the cheese is ersatz.Tina Brown: Why Kim Kardashian Isn’t ‘Aspirational'|Tina Brown|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Sykes|September 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately, the admissions system seems to be primarily geared towards fake sincerity and ersatz enrichment.
They were cakes of ersatz flour with ersatz cream, and not very healthy or nutritious, though very expensive.Now It Can Be Told|Philip Gibbs
In front of the 4th Ersatz Division the enemy still held a bridge-head at Lombartzyde.Ypres 1914|Otto Schwink
There was Tylerton—an ersatz city, but looking so real and familiar that Burckhardt almost imagined the whole episode a dream.The Tunnel Under The World|Frederik Pohl
To his disgust he was put in the 10th Ersatz Division, and now, after his soldier life, wants to work in a British shipyard.From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917|Philip Gibbs
He slid into his chair and reached automatically for the ersatz grapefruit.Tony and the Beetles|Philip K. Dick
British Dictionary definitions for ersatz
Word Origin for ersatz
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.