ersatz

[ er-zahts, -sahts, er-zahts, -sahts ]SEE DEFINITION OF ersatz
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This ersatz ranch-house was owned by two completely unlovelies.

He slid into his chair and reached automatically for the ersatz grapefruit.

We had long been ridiculing the Germans for their ersatz ingenuity.

It is the same difference as that between the ersatz and the authentic.

The brass fittings were still in place, and there were no signs of ersatz towels, sheets, or even lace curtains.

There was Tylerton—an ersatz city, but looking so real and familiar that Burckhardt almost imagined the whole episode a dream.

Their purpose is similar to that of special or ersatz reserves elsewhere.

One battalion and one battery of the 4th Ersatz Division remained facing Nieuport, extending northwards to the coast.

This plan offers a substitute (Ersatz) for peace; but even as such it has become impracticable.

A man who loses a wart off the end of his nose does not apply to the Ersatz bureau for a convenient substitute.

WORD ORIGIN

1875, from German Ersatz "units of the army reserve," literally "compensation, replacement, substitute," from ersetzen "to replace," from Old High German irsezzen, from ir-, unaccented variant of ur- + setzen "to set" (see set (v.)). As a noun, from 1892.

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