2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Imitation \Im"i*ta"tion\, noun [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]

1. The act of imitating.

Poesy is an art of imitation, . . . that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth. --Sir P. Sidney.

2. That which is made or produced as a copy; that which is made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance.

Both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature. --Dryden.

3. (Mus.) One of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. {Canon}.

4. (Biol.) The act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See {Imitate}, verb (used with an object), 3.

Note: Imitation is often used adjectively to characterize things which have a deceptive appearance, simulating the qualities of a superior article; -- opposed to {real} or {genuine}; as, imitation lace; imitation bronze; imitation modesty, etc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide" [syn: {fake}, {false}, {faux}, {imitation}, {simulated}]


1: the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations [ant: {formalism}]

2: something copied or derived from an original

3: copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else

4: a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect [syn: {caricature}, {imitation}, {impersonation}]

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