- (in Aristotelian aesthetics) the representation of an object or an action as it ought to be.
- the representation of actuality in art or literature.
Origin of imitation
Examples from the Web for imitation
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
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.