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simulacrum

[ sim-yuh-ley-kruhm ]

noun

, plural sim·u·la·cra [sim-y, uh, -, ley, -kr, uh].
  1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
  2. an effigy, image, or representation:

    a simulacrum of Aphrodite.



simulacrum

/ ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm /

noun

  1. any image or representation of something
  2. a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness


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Word History and Origins

Origin of simulacrum1

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin simulācrum “likeness, image,” equivalent to simulā(re) “to pretend, imitate” + -crum instrumental suffix; simulate

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Word History and Origins

Origin of simulacrum1

C16: from Latin: likeness, from simulāre to imitate, from similis like

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Example Sentences

While Charlotte’s real, flesh-and-blood parents are still alive and well, their avatars offer a glimpse at a world where it’s possible to converse with loved ones—or simulacra of them—long after they’re gone.

The tournament also has begun hosting daily “Tennis Talks” in front of the Market Square food court, where former professional tennis player Prakash Amritraj conducts a silly simulacrum of a news conference with a competing player.

In the late 1960s, Penone  made excellent work that distorted live trees, but I quite like this latest simulacrum.

A ghastly synthetic simulacrum of national unity, every leg in perfect alignment with the Overall Theme.

Netanyahu has delivered, not exactly either, but a livable simulacrum of both.

“Krush” (Karl-as-Rush) was the palest simulacrum of a Rush Limbaugh.

Verily this sun-burnt son of Arabia Petra was a tangible reality and no desert simulacrum.

But any intelligent Irishman will say a simulacrum of Home Rule, with an express notice that it is never to come into operation.

Indeed, I was not so much impressed by the reality as I had been by the simulacrum in my dream of sunrise in the moon.

The women exchanged the ghastly simulacrum of a smile, and the meal resumed in silence.

After midnight every pedestrian becomes a simulacrum, wrapped in a black domino of mystery and a starry ephod of romance.

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