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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.]
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1. (Art Terms) art literature the imitative representation of nature or human behaviour
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]
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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.
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an imitation, used in literary criticism to designate Aristotle’s theory of imitation. — mimetic, adj.See also: Criticism
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|Noun||1.||mimesis - 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|
|3.||mimesis - the representation of another person's words in a speech|
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