- imitation of the real world, as by re-creating instances of human action and events or portraying objects found in nature: This movie is a mimesis of historical events.
- the showing of a story, as by dialogue and enactment of events.
- the simulation, due to hysteria, of the symptoms of a disease.
- the simulation of the symptoms of one disease by another.
Origin of mimesis
Examples from the Web for mimesis
The habit of this mimesis of the thing desired, is set up, and ritual begins.Ancient Art and Ritual|Jane Ellen Harrison
The enemy that eats you is not the only one to be deceived; mimesis must also play its colour-tricks on him whom you have to eat.
Even Plato, the supposed father of idealism, does not make the mimesis absolutely unreal.
Never, never in my life before did I dream that dramatic art, poetry, and mimesis could attain to such ideal splendour.Memoirs|Charles Godfrey Leland
Now go and practice your mimesis in order to receive a welcome from the Anthophora or the Chalicodoma!
- any disease that shows symptoms of another disease
- a condition in a hysterical patient that mimics an organic disease
Word Origin for mimesis
1540s, in rhetoric, from Greek mimesis "imitation, representation, representation by art," from mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mimeograph).