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.
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How to use ersatz in a sentence
The ersatz meat product began appearing on menus at only 400 restaurants in the US last week but should be making its way to many more fast-casual eateries, hotels, stadiums, and other businesses soon.Long-awaited plant-based chicken promises to be ‘almost identical’ to the real thing | Lila MacLellan | July 11, 2021 | Quartz
In the buildup, Mayweather described last night’s ersatz contest as “legalized bank robbery.”Floyd Mayweather’s Failure to Knock Out Logan Paul Is Sad | Gordon Marino | June 7, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The company’s ersatz beef is being touted at both Burger King and Papa John’s pizza outlets in Chile.
Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about our complicated relationship with ersatz humanoids—and why it probably doesn’t boil down to an ancient alien conspiracy.Your favorite brunch foods are thousands of years old | PopSci Staff | March 3, 2021 | Popular-Science
Atlast’s consumer brand, MyEats, is launching the bacon in select stores this fall, but the company says to expect wider availability—and a growing variety of ersatz meat cuts and even seafood—in the future.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
We put our heads together and in the calmer light of logic, and much ersatz coffee, solved the problem.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes | The Telegraph | November 17, 2013 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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
We were getting German ersatz coffee which was bitter and resembled coffee only by its color.The Biography of a Rabbit | Roy Benson
The dear old chap was eating lotus in his Fool's Paradise, thinking it genuine pre-war lotus and not war ersatz.The Mountebank | William J. Locke
It went along with the ersatz rustic decor of the rest of the Sky Hi Club.Vigorish | Gordon Randall Garrett
We weren't used to strong coffee, and these warmed-over grounds were much better than Kaffee-ersatz.Germany in War Time | Mary Ethel McAuley
British Dictionary definitions for ersatz
made in imitation of some natural or genuine product; artificial
an ersatz substance or article
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