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er·satz

 (ĕr′zäts′, ĕr-zäts′)
adj.
1. Being a usually inferior imitation or substitute; artificial: ersatz coffee made of chicory.
2. Not genuine; fake: "Popularity was an intoxicant ... reporters began to ask for interviews and I gave them in an ersatz accent" (Maya Angelou).

[German, replacement, from ersetzen, to replace, from Old High German irsezzan : ir-, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + sezzan, to set; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

er′satz′ n.

ersatz

(ˈɛəzæts; ˈɜː-)
adj
made in imitation of some natural or genuine product; artificial
n
an ersatz substance or article
[C20: German, from ersetzen to substitute]

er•satz

(ˈɛr zɑts, -sɑts, ɛrˈzɑts, -ˈsɑts)

adj.
1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: ersatz coffee made from grain.
n.
2. an artificial substitute for something natural or genuine.
[1870–75; < German Ersatz a substitute (derivative of ersetzen to replace)]

ersatz

A German word meaning substitute, used to describe something artificial or imitation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ersatz - an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
substitute, replacement - a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
Adj.1.ersatz - artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"

ersatz

adjective artificial, substitute, pretend, fake, imitation, synthetic, bogus, simulated, sham, counterfeit, spurious, phoney or phony (informal) an electric fire with ersatz logs

ersatz

noun
An inferior substitute imitating an original:
Translations

ersatz

[ˈɛəzæts]
A. ADJsucedáneo
B. Nsucedáneo m

ersatz

adjErsatz-; ersatz religionErsatzreligion f; ersatz coffeeKaffee-Ersatz m
nErsatz m

ersatz

[ˈɛəzæts] adjsurrogato/a
ersatz coffee → caffè surrogato
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