What does imitation mean?

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ˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃənim·i·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imitationnoun

    the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations

  2. imitationnoun

    something copied or derived from an original

  3. imitationnoun

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

  4. caricature, imitation, impersonationadjective

    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

  5. fake, false, faux, imitation, simulatedadjective

    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"


  1. imitationnoun

    The act of imitating.

  2. imitationnoun

    A copy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Imitationnoun

    Etymology: imitatio, Latin; imitation, French.

    Since a true knowledge of nature gives us pleasure, a lively imitation of it, either in poetry or painting, must produce a much greater; for both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature. Dryden.

    In the way of imitation, the translator not only varies from the words and sense, but forsakes them as he sees occasion; and, taking only some general hints from the original, runs division on the groundwork. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imitationnoun

    the act of imitating

  2. Imitationnoun

    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

  3. Imitationnoun

    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. Imitationnoun

    the act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate, v. t., 3

  5. Etymology: [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]


  1. Imitation

    Imitation is an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another's behavior. Imitation is also a form of social learning that leads to the "development of traditions, and ultimately our culture. It allows for the transfer of information between individuals and down generations without the need for genetic inheritance." The word imitation can be applied in many contexts, ranging from animal training to international politics.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. imitation

    The sincerest form of insult.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of imitation in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    The original thoughts are like the rare and precious jewels, but remember there has always been a big market with a large number of buyers, sellers and suppliers of the imitation jewellery.

  2. Charlotte Pence:

    I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, we have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I'm all for it.

  3. Aesop:

    Men often applaud an imitation, and hiss the real thing.

  4. Martin Tobias Lithner:

    In an imitation we always lose the true expression, in a plagiarism we always become the superficial attempt to reach an unprecedented depth.

  5. James Shigley:

    These lab-grown diamonds are diamonds. They have the same physical and chemical properties. We're not talking about an imitation.

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. victimised
    • B. dependable
    • C. handsome
    • D. brilliant

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