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imitation

[ im-i-tey-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF imitation

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMITATION

And so he acted as a child acts, in imitation of what it has seen others do.

"You 'tend to your own troubles," returned the other, with an imitation of liveliness.

We cannot suppose that any one can really mean to exclude all imitation of others.

I am now giving an imitation of yourself in your thrilling drama, "All at Sea."

I suggested an imitation of the equipment of the French infantry.

A third kind of masturbation is caused by example and imitation.

But ideas of imitation, of course, require the likeness of the object.

Gervaise got up in the middle of the room and did an imitation of Coupeau.

He follows Jack in all respects; and he pays Jack the sincere flattery of imitation.

The genuine milk far surpasses any imitation of it that can be made; but a substitute may be found in the following composition.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "emulation; act of copying," from Old French imitacion, from Latin imitationem (nominative imitatio) "a copying, imitation," from past participle stem of imitari "to copy, portray, imitate," from PIE *im-eto-, from root *aim- "copy" (cf. Hittite himma- "imitation, substitute"). Meaning "an artificial likeness" is from c.1600. As an adjective, from 1840.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR IMITATION

impressions

nounpretending to be somebody
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  • sendup
  • takeoff

manmade

adjectiveartificial

mimicry

nounimpersonation
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