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Other Imitation Definition

[n] copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
[n] a copy that is represented as the original
[n] the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
[n] a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
[adj] artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "coffee substitute"
[adj] not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated aligator hide"

Antonyms

formalism

Misc. Definitions

\Im"i*ta"tion\, n. [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]
1. The act of imitating. Poesy is an art of imitation, . . . that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. That which is made or produced as a copy; that which is made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance. Both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature. --Dryden.
3. (Mus.) One of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. {Canon}.
4. (Biol.) The act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See {Imitate}, v. t.,
3. Note: Imitation is often used adjectively to characterize things which have a deceptive appearance, simulating the qualities of a superior article; -- opposed to {real} or {genuine}; as, imitation lace; imitation bronze; imitation modesty, etc.

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