If not an imitation, though, then the question on many minds is: What exactly is it?
The very faculty of language is, to a large extent, a matter of imitation.
For Mr. Hilfiger," she wrote, "the runway may be paved in imitation fieldstone.
This was a case where imitation was decidedly not the sincerest form of flattery.
We offer the classic “Germans” scene from the original, and the promo from the imitation.
I need a blacksmith, and if I can't get a real one I'll put up with an imitation.
And so he acted as a child acts, in imitation of what it has seen others do.
By this we intend a compliment rather than a charge of imitation.
We cannot suppose that any one can really mean to exclude all imitation of others.
This should be placed in an iron furnace, and surrounded by the imitation snow.
c.1400, "emulation; act of copying," from Old French imitacion, from Latin imitationem (nominative imitatio) "a copying, imitation," from past participle stem of imitari "to copy, portray, imitate," from PIE *im-eto-, from root *aim- "copy" (cf. Hittite himma- "imitation, substitute"). Meaning "an artificial likeness" is from c.1600. As an adjective, from 1840.