- a result or product of imitating.
- the act of imitating.
- a counterfeit; copy.
- a literary composition that imitates the manner or subject of another author or work.
- Biology. mimicry.
- Psychology. the performance of an act whose stimulus is the observation of the act performed by another person.
- Sociology. the copying of patterns of activity and thought of other groups or individuals.
- (in Aristotelian aesthetics) the representation of an object or an action as it ought to be.
- the representation of actuality in art or literature.
- Music. the repetition of a melodic phrase at a different pitch or key from the original or in a different voice part.
Origin of imitation
Related Wordsimpersonation, reflection, impression, clone, replica, reproduction, mimicry, parody, ringer, image, fake, dupe, takeoff, counterfeit, simulacrum, resemblance, forgery, duplicate, travesty, match
Examples from the Web for imitation
There are Egyptian influences and an imitation Hindu temple.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, this is high praise.The Stoner's Guide to the Internet
August 6, 2014
The very faculty of language is, to a large extent, a matter of imitation.
It used to be that we said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
But now there is new way to see the matter: Imitation is a kind of dismissal.
And so he acted as a child acts, in imitation of what it has seen others do.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
"You 'tend to your own troubles," returned the other, with an imitation of liveliness.The Gentleman From Indiana
We cannot suppose that any one can really mean to exclude all imitation of others.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
I am now giving an imitation of yourself in your thrilling drama, "All at Sea."A Woman Intervenes
I suggested an imitation of the equipment of the French infantry.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- the act, practice, or art of imitating; mimicry
- an instance or product of imitating, such as a copy of the manner of a person; impression
- a copy or reproduction of a genuine article; counterfeit
- (as modifier)imitation jewellery
- (in contrapuntal or polyphonic music) the repetition of a phrase or figure in one part after its appearance in another, as in a fugue
- a literary composition that adapts the style of an older work to the writer's own purposes
Word Origin and History for imitation
c.1400, "emulation; act of copying," from Old French imitacion, from Latin imitationem (nominative imitatio) "a copying, imitation," from past participle stem of imitari "to copy, portray, imitate," from PIE *im-eto-, from root *aim- "copy" (cf. Hittite himma- "imitation, substitute"). Meaning "an artificial likeness" is from c.1600. As an adjective, from 1840.