- (in Aristotelian aesthetics) the representation of an object or an action as it ought to be.
- the representation of actuality in art or literature.
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It’s a trend that will likely accelerate over the next five years, particularly when 5G takes center stage and robotics as a field leaves behind imitation and evolves independently.
The company’s flagship imitation beef product went on sale in 200 supermarkets across Hong Kong and Singapore on Tuesday.Impossible Foods enters grocery stores outside the U.S. for the first time|Naomi Xu Elegant|October 20, 2020|Fortune
What Anna and Seth have really been able to show is how imitation works and what the contagion effect looks like on the ground.This year’s SN 10 scientists aim to solve some of science’s biggest challenges|Science News Staff|September 30, 2020|Science News
The star machine of late-night television has become a pale imitation of itself, turning former supernova-caliber appearances into mediocre Skype calls and half-hearted attempts at staging a “feels-live” show.
A representation provides a simplified picture of a group, just as a grayscale photo can serve as a low-cost imitation of the original color image.The ‘Useless’ Perspective That Transformed Mathematics|Kevin Hartnett|June 9, 2020|Quanta Magazine
There are Egyptian influences and an imitation Hindu temple.
As if, after all the above, one would want anything that reeked of lifeless imitation.How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography|Patrick Strudwick|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, this is high praise.
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.
The Spaniards since have substituted paper for the leaves of maize, in imitation of them.
The culture of expression is a very different thing from the artful imitation of the signs of feeling and purpose.
Impersonation may be more easily achieved intellectually, requiring only keen observation and the power of imitation.
Imitation of the ways of their elders doubtless plays a part here, but it is aided by an instinct for adornment.
Like art, too, on its representative side, play aims at producing an imitation or semblance of something.
British Dictionary definitions for imitation
- a copy or reproduction of a genuine article; counterfeit
- (as modifier)imitation jewellery