'Imitation' definitions:

Definition of 'imitation'

(from WordNet)
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 alligator hide" [syn: fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated]
The doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations [ant: formalism]
Something copied or derived from an original
Copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
A representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect [syn: caricature, imitation, impersonation]

Definition of 'Imitation'

  • Imitation \Im"i*ta"tion\, n. [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]
  • 1. The act of imitating. [1913 Webster]
  • Poesy is an art of imitation, . . . that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]
  • 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. [1913 Webster]
  • Both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
  • 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. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. (Biol.) The act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate, v. t., 3. [1913 Webster]
  • 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. [1913 Webster]

Synonyms of 'imitation'

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