(redirected from simulacra)
Also found in: Thesaurus.


 (sĭm′yə-lā′krəm, -lăk′rəm)
n. pl. sim·u·la·cra (-lā′krə, -lăk′rə)
1. An image or representation.
2. An unreal or vague semblance.

[Latin simulācrum (from simulāre, to simulate; see simulate) + -crum, n. suff.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm) or


n, pl -cra (-krə)
1. any image or representation of something
2. a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness
[C16: from Latin: likeness, from simulāre to imitate, from similis like]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌsɪm yəˈleɪ krəm)

n., pl. -cra (-krə).
1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
2. an effigy; image; representation.
[1590–1600; < Latin, derivative of simulāre simulate]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


- In the original sense of the word, it was simply a representation of something, such as an oil painting or marble statue.
See also related terms for representation.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. an image orlikeness.
2. a mere image or one that does not represent the reality of the original.
See also: Images
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.simulacrum - an insubstantial or vague semblance
semblance, gloss, color, colour - an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"
2.simulacrum - a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)simulacrum - a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture); "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
Guy - an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
graven image, idol, god - a material effigy that is worshipped; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
representation - a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
bird-scarer, scarecrow, scarer, straw man, strawman - an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
wax figure, waxwork - an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


[ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm] N (simulacra (pl)) [ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrə]simulacro m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Isolde sat amazed, wine glass between her hands, as if she had blundered into another Germany, which held its festivals sacrosanct, timeless simulacra of olden days.
The hyperreality, which lives within the simulacra, does not require anything external or contextual to provide meaning and authenticity.
Billy Scott Art Exhibition Simulacra features a host of famous faces, brought to life in stunning drawings which Billy creates in a shed at his home in Anfield.
In cyberspace, it creates a discontinuous and perverse myth of political discourse which distances itself from dialectics and instead moves towards the area of stereotypes, simulacra and denotative distortion of meaning, both metalinguistic and connotative.
In the 1980s, when the term was first coined, VR epitomized the cumbrous simulacra of the era: All Max Headroom stutter and cyberpunk goggles, it was an apparent culmination of the long fantasy of living in total illusion, a history spanning phantasmagoria to the Circarama, holographic video, surround sound, dome theaters, and experience machines.
Doctors, thespians and thinkers of the modern world all saw these increasingly lifelike automata: wonderful simulacra of life.
Within a multiple-layered universe, doomed to become victims of their own neurotic estrangement from reality, individuals navigate through governmental conspiracies, self-induced hallucinations and media-created simulacra, without being aware that their own unstable identities prevent them from ever truly grasping their reality--or realities.
The Fit-Bits on our wrists, Google Nest thermostats on our walls and Samsung smart TVs listening in on our living rooms all cast data shadows of their own, recording and quantifying us in novel ways that make our digital simulacra more comprehensive than ever before.
Jean Baudrillard proposed to call such images "simulacrums" in Simulacra and Simulation (1981).
And given Taylor's emphasis on the religious dimensions of the age of the simulacrum, it is surprising that he fails to present any sustained analysis of Jean Baudrillard's "The Precession of Simulacra," instead only quoting a long passage that he leaves unexplicated (104-05).
French philosopher Jean Beaudrillard argues in his 1981 book Simulacra and Simulation that humans no longer have the capacity for real experiences--that reality has been replaced by copies and our perception of symbols and signs.