- resembling; seeming; virtual: a quasi member.
Origin of quasi
- a combining form meaning “resembling,” “having some, but not all of the features of,” used in the formation of compound words: quasi-definition; quasi-monopoly; quasi-official; quasi-scientific.
Origin of quasi-
Related Wordsapparent, apparently, fake, mock, near, nominal, partly, pretended, seeming, sham, so-called, supposedly, synthetic, virtual, would-be, seemingly, pseudo-, semi-
Examples from the Web for quasi
In the quasi religious world of EDM (electronic dance music), Avicii is on par with God himself.Don't Blame Avicii For His Druggy Tour
June 27, 2014
Since he first appeared on the scene, Thicke, who is son of TV dad Alan Thicke, has transformed into a quasi Justin Timberlake.‘Blurred Lines,’ Robin Thicke’s Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey
June 17, 2013
The treaty with France was declared at an end, and a quasi war with France ensued.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
Genius is a quasi abnormality, and one for which the world should be devoutly grateful.Religion and Lust
This quasi omnipresence supplies the imbecility of our condition.
In these following cases a real vow is quasi nullum, or must not be kept.A Christian Directory
What had the authorities been doing during this period of quasi warfare?Kentucky's Famous Feuds and Tragedies
Chas. G Mutzenberg
- as if; as it were
- almost but not really; seeminglya quasi-religious cult
- resembling but not actually being; so-calleda quasi-scholar
Word Origin and History for quasi
late 15c., Latin, in hypothetical comparisons, "as if, just as if, as though;" in real comparisons "just as, as;" in approximation, "somewhat like, nearly, not far from;" from quam "as" relative pronomial adverb of manner (see who) + si "if," from PIE pronomial stem *swo- "so" (see so).
word-forming element used since 18c. (but most productively in 20c.) and typically meaning "kind of, resembling, like but not really, as if;" from Latin quasi "as if, as it were" (see quasi).