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Thursday, May 01, 2003

Definitions for simulacrum

  1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
  2. an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.

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Citations for simulacrum
We, the simulacrum and I, did share a narrow bed that night together in Magda's home, but the simulacrum did not permit the dog, whose napping company I had grown accustomed to, to join us. Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances, 2008
For instance, the ordinary words of the Creed: "I believe in God, the Father Almighty…" and so forth, this gets rattled off, and Binx has been hearing this, and the words become a simulacrum. Walker Percy, More Conversations with Walker Percy, edited by Lewis A. Lawson and Victor A. Kramer, 1993
Origin of simulacrum
Simulacrum is related to the word simulate. It comes from the Latin word simulācrum which means "likeness, image."