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Simulacrum

[sim-yə-LAK-rəm]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

An image or representation of someone or something.

2.

An unsatisfactory imitation or substitute.

Examples of Simulacrum in a sentence

"The birthday cake was a small simulacrum of the Magic Kingdom castle at Disney World."

"The gallery owner was disappointed with the simulacrum of Monet’s Water Lilies."

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About Simulacrum

Simulacrum comes from the Latin verb “simulare,” meaning “to pretend.”

Did you Know?

Modern usage of “simulacrum” refers to an image or representation of something, but historically it meant a representation of figures, especially gods. For example the “Mona Lisa” would be a simulacrum because it’s a painting of a person who no longer exists.

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