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mi·me·sis

 (mĭ-mē′sĭs, mī-)
n.
1. The imitation or representation of aspects of the sensible world, especially human actions, in literature and art.
2. Biology Mimicry.
3. Medicine The appearance, often caused by hysteria, of symptoms of a disease not actually present.

[Greek mīmēsis, from mīmeisthai, to imitate, from mīmos, imitator, mime.]

mimesis

(mɪˈmiːsɪs)
n
1. (Art Terms) art literature the imitative representation of nature or human behaviour
2. (Pathology)
a. any disease that shows symptoms of another disease
b. a condition in a hysterical patient that mimics an organic disease
3. (Biology) biology another name for mimicry2
4. (Rhetoric) rhetoric representation of another person's alleged words in a speech
[C16: from Greek, from mimeisthai to imitate]

mim•ic•ry

(ˈmɪm ɪk ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. the act, practice, or art of mimicking.
2. the close resemblance of an organism to a different organism, such that it benefits from the mistaken identity, as in seeming to be unpalatable.
3. an instance or result of mimicking.

mimesis

an imitation, used in literary criticism to designate Aristotle’s theory of imitation. — mimetic, adj.
See also: Criticism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mimesis - the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literaturemimesis - the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature
imitation - the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
2.mimesis - any disease that shows symptoms characteristic of another disease
disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
hysterical neurosis, hysteria - neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions
3.mimesis - the representation of another person's words in a speech
quotation, quote, citation - a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
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One of the root concepts of Western cultural production, mimesis (like the more familiar "mimicry") traces its origins back to the ancient Greek term for art's imitating the natural world.