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Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Definitions for simulacrum

  1. An image; a representation.
  2. An insubstantial, superficial, or vague likeness or semblance.

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Citations for simulacrum
Incorporating simulacra of historic buildings and exotic landscapes the Emperor saw on his extensive travels through his dominions, the villa is high-style multiculturalism. Martin Filler, New York Times
It becomes harder . . . to distinguish the genuine from its simulacrum. Wayne Curtis, The Atlantic
Origin of simulacrum
1590-1600
Simulacrum is from the Latin, from simulare, "to make like, to put on an appearance of," from similis, "like." It is related to simulate and similar.