Etymology
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imitation (n.)

c. 1400, "emulation; act of copying," from Old French imitacion, from Latin imitationem (nominative imitatio) "a copying, imitation," noun of action from past participle stem of imitari "to copy, portray, imitate," from PIE *im-eto-, from root *aim- "to copy." Meaning "an artificial likeness" is from c. 1600. As an adjective, from 1840.

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Definitions of imitation
1
imitation (n.)
the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations;
imitation (n.)
something copied or derived from an original;
imitation (n.)
copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else;
imitation (n.)
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect;
2
imitation (adj.)
not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur";
decorated with imitation palm leaves
Synonyms: fake / false / faux / simulated
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