- (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
- a copy or reproduction of a genuine article; counterfeit
- (as modifier)imitation jewellery
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.