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Meaning of IMITATION

Pronunciation:  `imi'teyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
  2. [n]  a copy that is represented as the original
  3. [n]  the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
  4. [n]  a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
  5. [adj]  artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "coffee substitute"
  6. [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"

IMITATION is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: artificial, caricature, counterfeit, ersatz, fake, false, faux, forgery, impersonation, simulated, substitute(p), unreal
 Antonyms: formalism
 See Also: burlesque, charade, copy, copying, doctrine, emulation, fake, humor, humour, ism, lampoon, mimesis, mimicry, mockery, parody, pasquinade, philosophy, postiche, put-on, school of thought, sendup, sham, spoof, takeoff, travesty, wit, witticism, wittiness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing imitations in your dream, forewarns that you should be cautious of trouble and loss to come. Dreaming that someone is imitating your lover, forewarns of deception by that person.
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