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 (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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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- 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.
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1. an image orlikeness.
2. a mere image or one that does not represent the reality of the original.
See also: Images
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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
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[ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm] N (simulacra (pl)) [ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrə]simulacro m
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