Etymology
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simulacrum (n.)

1590s, from Latin simulacrum "likeness, image, form, representation, portrait," a dissimilation of *simulaclom, from simulare "to make like, imitate, copy, represent," from stem of similis "like, resembling, of the same kind" (see similar). The word was borrowed earlier as semulacre (late 14c.), via Old French simulacre.

updated on September 04, 2018

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Definitions of simulacrum from WordNet

simulacrum (n.)
an insubstantial or vague semblance;
simulacrum (n.)
a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture);
Synonyms: effigy / image
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