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emulation

[em-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɛm yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
effort or desire to equal or excel others.
2.
Obsolete. jealous rivalry.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin aemulātiōn- (stem of aemulātiō). See emulate, -ion
Related forms
nonemulation, noun
overemulation, noun
Synonyms
1. imitation, competition.
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Word Origin and History for emulations

emulation

n.

1550s, from Middle French émulation (13c.) and directly from Latin aemulationem (nominative aemulatio), from past participle stem of aemulari "to rival, strive to excel," from aemulus "striving, rivaling" (also as a noun, "a rival," fem. aemula), from Proto-Italic *aimo-, from PIE *aim-olo, from root *aim- "copy" (see imitation).

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