- (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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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.
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.
But now there is new way to see the matter: Imitation is a kind of dismissal.
The historical plates published about the same time209 in Germany prove the same lively zeal in imitation.Engraving: Its Origin, Processes, and History|Henri Delaborde
In imitation of foreign ways, a flat coin was introduced made of lead, and the old sea-shell was abolished as legal currency.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe|Ernest Young
A contrast to Diotrephes is found in Demetrius, with the threefold witness to a life so worthy of imitation.Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John|William Alexander
Again, the setting was not an imitation, but the real thing.The Christmas Kalends of Provence|Thomas A. Janvier
On the opposite corner, diagonally, have an imitation stump with hatchet sticking in the wood.Dinners and Luncheons|Paul Pierce
British Dictionary definitions for imitation
- a copy or reproduction of a genuine article; counterfeit
- (as modifier)imitation jewellery