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im·i·ta·tion

 (ĭm′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act or an instance of imitating: gave us his imitation of a famous actor.
2. Something derived or copied from an original, often in an inferior way: an undrinkable imitation of real lemonade.
3. Music
a. Repetition of a phrase or melody often with variations in key, rhythm, and voice.
b. Repetition of a theme in another voice such that each part continues polyphonously.
adj.
Made to resemble another, usually superior material: imitation fur.

im′i·ta′tion·al adj.

imitation

(ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act, practice, or art of imitating; mimicry
2. an instance or product of imitating, such as a copy of the manner of a person; impression
3.
a. a copy or reproduction of a genuine article; counterfeit
b. (as modifier): imitation jewellery.
4. (Classical Music) (in contrapuntal or polyphonic music) the repetition of a phrase or figure in one part after its appearance in another, as in a fugue
5. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a literary composition that adapts the style of an older work to the writer's own purposes
ˌimiˈtational adj

im•i•ta•tion

(ˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a result or product of imitating.
2. the act of imitating.
3. a counterfeit; copy.
4. a literary composition that imitates the manner or subject of another author or work.
5.
a. (in Aristotelian aesthetics) the representation of an object or an action as it ought to be.
b. the representation of actuality in art or literature.
6. the repetition of a melodic phrase at a different pitch or key from the original or in a different voice part.
adj.
7. designed to imitate a genuine or superior article or thing.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imitation - the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitationsimitation - the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
mimesis - the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature
formalism - the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented
2.imitation - something copied or derived from an original
copy - a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing; "she made a copy of the designer dress"; "the clone was a copy of its ancestor"
fake, sham, postiche - something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
counterfeit, forgery - a copy that is represented as the original
3.imitation - copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
copying - an act of copying
echo - an imitation or repetition; "the flower arrangement was created as an echo of a client's still life"
emulation - effort to equal or surpass another
mimicry - the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators
4.imitation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effectimitation - a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
mock-heroic - a satirical imitation of heroic verse
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, charade, lampoon, mockery, burlesque, travesty, takeoff - a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
Adj.1.imitation - not genuine or realimitation - 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"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"

imitation

noun
1. replica, fake, reproduction, sham, forgery, carbon copy (informal), counterfeit, counterfeiting, likeness, duplication the most accurate imitation of Chinese architecture in Europe
2. copying, echoing, resemblance, aping, simulation, mimicry She learned her golf by imitation.
3. impression, parody, mockery, takeoff (informal), impersonation I could do a pretty good imitation of him.
adjective
1. artificial, mock, reproduction, dummy, synthetic, man-made, simulated, sham, pseudo (informal), ersatz, repro, phoney or phony (informal) a set of Dickens bound in imitation leather
artificial real, genuine, authentic, true, original, dinkum (Austral & N.Z. informal)
Quotations
"Imitation is the sincerest flattery" [Charles Colton Lacon]
"To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite" [G.C. Lichtenberg Aphorisms]

imitation

noun
1. The act, practice, or art of copying the manner or expression of another:
2. Imitative reproduction, as of the style of another:
3. A usually amusing caricature of another:
Informal: takeoff.
4. An inferior substitute imitating an original:
adjective
Made to imitate something else:
Informal: pretend.
Translations
تَقْليد، تَزْييفتَقْليد، مُحاكاهمُحَاكَاةٌمُزَيَّف، تَقليدي
napodobeninanapodobenýnapodobováníimitacekopie
efterligningimitationimiteretefterabning
jäljennösjäljitelmäkopio
imitacija
eftirlíkingeftirlíking; eftirhermurgervi-, óekta-, -líki
模造品
모조품
imitareimitaţie
imitácianapodobnený
imitacijaposnemanje
imitation
การลอกเลียนแบบ
taklittaklit etmesahte
sự bắt chước

imitation

[ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃən]
A. N (= act) → imitación f (pej) → remedo m; (= copy) → reproducción f, copia f
in imitation ofa imitación de
beware of imitationsdesconfíe de las imitaciones
imitation is the sincerest form of flatteryno hay mejor halago or lisonja que el que te imiten
B. CPDde imitación
imitation fur Npiel f sintética
imitation gold Noro m de imitación
imitation jewellery, imitation jewels NPLbisutería f, joyas fpl de imitación
imitation leather Nimitación f a piel
imitation marble Nmármol m artificial

imitation

[ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃən]
n
(= copying) → imitation f
(= copy) → imitation f
the most accurate imitation of Chinese architecture in Europe → la plus fidèle imitation d'architecture chinoise en Europe
a pale imitation of sth, a poor imitation of sth → une pâle imitation de qch
Computers are just poor imitations of our brains → L'ordinateur n'est qu'une pâle imitation de notre cerveau.
(= impersonation) to do an imitation of sb → faire une imitation de qn
to give an imitation of sth → faire une imitation de qch
He gave his imitation of the way Jodie walked → Il nous a fait une imitation de la démarche de Jodie.
BUT Il a imité pour nous la démarche de Jodie.
modif (= not real) → factice
An imitation firearm was used in the robbery → Une arme factice a été utilisée lors du vol. imitation leatherimitation leather nsimili cuir m

imitation

nImitation f, → Nachahmung f; to do an imitation of somebodyjdn imitieren or nachmachen or nachahmen; imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (prov) → Nachahmung ist das beste Kompliment
adjunecht, künstlich, falsch; imitation gold/pearlGold-/Perlenimitation f; imitation leatherLederimitation f, → Kunstleder nt; imitation jewelleryunechter Schmuck; imitation furWebpelz m

imitation

[ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃn]
1. nimitazione f
in imitation of → a imitazione di
a painting in imitation of the famous work by Picasso → un dipinto che riproduce la famosa opera di Picasso
2. adjfinto/a

imitate

(ˈimiteit) verb
to (try to) be, behave or look the same as (a person etc). Children imitate their friends rather than their parents; He could imitate the song of many different birds.
ˌimiˈtation noun
1. the act of imitating. Children learn how to speak by imitation.
2. a copy. an imitation of an ancient statue.
adjective
made to look like something else. imitation wood.
ˈimitative (-tətiv) adjective
ˈimitativeness noun
ˈimitator noun
a person who imitates.

imitation

مُحَاكَاةٌ napodobenina efterligning Imitation απομίμηση imitación jäljennös imitation imitacija imitazione 模造品 모조품 imitatie imitasjon imitacja imitação имитация imitation การลอกเลียนแบบ taklit sự bắt chước 模仿

imitation

n. imitación, copia.
References in classic literature ?
Epic poetry and Tragedy, Comedy also and Dithyrambic: poetry, and the music of the flute and of the lyre in most of their forms, are all in their general conception modes of imitation.
For as there are persons who, by conscious art or mere habit, imitate and represent various objects through the medium of colour and form, or again by the voice; so in the arts above mentioned, taken as a whole, the imitation is produced by rhythm, language, or 'harmony,' either singly or combined.
And narration may be either simple narration, or imitation, or a union of the two?
And this assimilation of himself to another, either by the use of voice or gesture, is the imitation of the person whose character he assumes?
I had read Byron's imitation of him before that, and admired it prodigiously, and when my father got me the book--as usual I did not know where or how he got it--not all the tall forms that moved before the eyes of haunted bards in the dusky vale of autumn could have kept me from it.
Take it back, you mis'able imitation nigger dat I bore in sorrow en tribbilation.
The Ass, seeing this, broke loose from his halter and commenced prancing about in imitation of the Lapdog.
Yet notwithstanding, as those that first bring honor into their family, are commonly more worthy than most that succeed, so the first precedent (if it be good) is seldom attained by imitation.
She dresses very well, and has a great deal of talk; but, though she is a very good imitation of a lady, I never see her behind the dinner-table, in the evening, smiling and bowing, as the people come in, and looking all the while at the dishes and the servants, without thinking of a dame de comptoir blooming in a corner of a shop or a restaurant.
In the same manner I have now secured myself from the imitation of those who are utterly incapable of any degree of reflection, and whose learning is not equal to an essay.
These two ladies were the chief representatives of a select new Petersburg circle, nicknamed, in imitation of some imitation, les sept merveilles du monde.
One of these last was extremely amusing in the imitations, she gave us in confidence, of various highly-placed personages she was perpetually rushing off to Paris to interview in the interests of the cause - POR EL REY