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Sunday, September 07, 2003

Definitions for mimetic

  1. Apt to imitate; given to mimicry; imitative.
  2. Characterized by mimicry; -- applied to animals and plants; as, "mimetic species; mimetic organisms."

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Citations for mimetic
It is as preposterous to believe that all entertainment is hypodermic, directly injecting bad ideas into the innocent bloodstream of the passive masses, as it is to pretend that all behavior is mimetic and that our only models are Eliot Ness or Dirty Harry. John Leonard, Smoke and Mirrors
As a young man, Charles Dickens dreamed of becoming a great actor, and though he never realized that ambition, he put his mimetic genius to good use in his novels. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
Origin of mimetic
1625-1635
Mimetic comes from Greek mimetikos, from mimesis, "imitation," from mimos, a kind of drama; also, "an imitator, a copyist, an actor." Related words include mimic and mime.
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