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[sim-yuh-ley-kruh m]
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noun, plural sim·u·la·cra [sim-yuh-ley-kruh] /ˌsɪm yəˈleɪ krə/.
  1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
  2. an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.
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Origin of simulacrum

1590–1600; < Latin simulācrum likeness, image, equivalent to simulā(re) to simulate + -crum instrumental suffix
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Related Words for simulacra

impression, archetype, similarity, effigy, image, imprint, replica, portrait, counterfeit, impersonation, cast, pattern, photocopy, forgery, duplicate, print, type, ersatz, clone, Xerox

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British Dictionary definitions for simulacra


noun plural -cra (-krə) archaic
  1. any image or representation of something
  2. a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness
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Word Origin for simulacrum

C16: from Latin: likeness, from simulāre to imitate, from similis like
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Word Origin and History for simulacra



1590s, from Latin simulacrum "likeness, image, form, representation, portrait," dissimilated from *simulaclom, from simulare "to make like, imitate, copy, represent" (see simulation). The word was borrowed earlier as semulacre (late 14c.), via Old French simulacre.

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