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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
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.
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