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Monday, July 18, 2005

Definitions for ersatz

  1. Being a substitute or imitation, usually an inferior one.

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Citations for ersatz
Meanwhile, a poor copy was erected in the courtyard; many an unsuspecting traveler paid homage to that ersatz masterpiece. Edith Pearlman, The Atlantic
All we can create in that way is an ersatz culture, the synthetic product of those factories we call variously universities, colleges or museums. Sir Herbert Read, The Philosophy of Modern Art
Origin of ersatz
1870-1875
Ersatz derives from German Ersatz, "a substitute."