- 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.Compare diegesis (def. 1).
- the simulation, due to hysteria, of the symptoms of a disease.
- the simulation of the symptoms of one disease by another.
Origin of mimesis
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How to use mimesis in a sentence
In some instances, extreme mimesis of biological characteristics highlights the desire for a perfect copy, indistinguishable from the born original.
Yet, at the same time, the emphasis on extreme mimesis highlights the artifice of the robot, how it is emphatically not-born.
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
The habit of this mimesis of the thing desired, is set up, and ritual begins.Ancient Art and Ritual|Jane Ellen Harrison
This is the true mimesis—the re-creation or fresh creation of fictitious reality.The English Novel|George Saintsbury
Even Plato, the supposed father of idealism, does not make the mimesis absolutely unreal.
Neither Plato nor Mr. Emerson recognizes any causative force in the mimesis.
British Dictionary definitions for mimesis
- any disease that shows symptoms of another disease
- a condition in a hysterical patient that mimics an organic disease