noun, plural simulacra [sim-yuh-ley-kruh] .
a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.

1590–1600; < Latin simulācrum likeness, image, equivalent to simulā(re) to simulate + -crum instrumental suffix Unabridged
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simulacrum (ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm)
n , pl -cra
1.  any image or representation of something
2.  a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness
[C16: from Latin: likeness, from simulāre to imitate, from similis like]

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Word Origin & History

1599, from L. simulacrum "likeness, image, form, representation, portrait," dissimilated from *simulaclom, from simulare "to make like" (see simulation). The word was borrowed earlier as semulacre (late 14c.), via O.Fr. simulacre.
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Example sentences
The result is a strange simulacrum of dramatic complexity, a work of superficial depth.
We've made a sort of grotesque doll, a simulacrum of a friend, to play with to replace our withered connection with other humans.
They provide an imperfect simulacrum of the surface of things.
As they drove to the museum, the writer was able to generate a mental simulacrum of its smell.
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