- a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
- an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.
Origin of simulacrum
Related Wordsimpression, archetype, similarity, effigy, image, imprint, replica, portrait, counterfeit, impersonation, cast, pattern, photocopy, forgery, duplicate, print, type, ersatz, clone, Xerox
Examples from the Web for simulacrum
They radiate from the surface of the skin and reproduce a simulacrum, as it were, of the surface.The Problems of Psychical Research
Denis, boy, will you do this thing and be for the time being the simulacrum of him we serve?The King's Esquires
George Manville Fenn
It might have been, for all I could tell, a simulacrum of the work of men.Old Junk
H. M. Tomlinson
Surely this is not argument; it is hardly the simulacrum of argument.The Color Line
William Benjamin Smith
Or is this same Age of Hope itself but a simulacrum; as Hope too often is?The French Revolution
- any image or representation of something
- a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness
Word Origin and History for simulacrum
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.