- a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
- an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.
Origin of simulacrum
Related Words for simulacraimpression, archetype, similarity, effigy, image, imprint, replica, portrait, counterfeit, impersonation, cast, pattern, photocopy, forgery, duplicate, print, type, ersatz, clone, Xerox
Examples from the Web for simulacra
Contemporary Examples of simulacra
In a telling manner, the drugs of the past have disappeared and been replaced by their own simulacra.Fred Tomaselli's Magical Surrealism
August 27, 2009
Historical Examples of simulacra
The senseless dead, the simulacra of mortals, as Homer says.
We cannot feed our minds on simulacra any more than we can our bodies.Ways of Nature
It is usually supposed that these simulacra were hollow idols of basket-work.Early Britain--Roman Britain
There were 136 of these simulacra, "99 of whom," says the report "would have been killed."
A Governing power must exist: your other powers here are simulacra; this power is it.The French Revolution
- any image or representation of something
- a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness
Word Origin for simulacrum
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.