Noun Imitation Definition and Examples







The action of using someone or something as a model.
  1. 'These actions are then imitated, because imitation is both common to and necessary for the species, and this leads to the behaviour spreading.'
  2. 'The imitation of classical models was less common than on the Continent and, except for Jonson, no important writer paid strict attention to the rules humanist critics had formulated.'
  3. 'The model nature of Windsor involved imitation, as of the Tudor style, to make a statement with a lot of leisure about it.'
  4. 'Aristotle asserted the value of poetry by focusing on imitation rather than rhetoric.'
  5. 'We now have running turf wars by vested interests which place the welfare of the patient and the accession to treatment at the bottom of the system in supine imitation of the British model.'
  6. 'Humans learn to speak by imitation, and are astonishingly good at it.'
  7. 'His theory of music was an unbridled acceptance of realism - the imitation of nature in myriad ways.'
  8. 'His works have inspired countless imitations the world over.'
  9. 'I've seen no convincing evidence of any slavish imitation, at least until now.'
  10. 'In the imitation of nature, as in nature itself, balance is important.'
  11. 'he attempted an atrocious imitation of my English accent'
  12. 'Sophia changed her voice in imitation of my father.'
  13. 'Carissa clapped her hands together in an accurate imitation for effect.'
  14. 'Here he employs an improbably effective Paul Lynde imitation for much of his delivery.'
  15. 'His imitation was a poor caricature of his boss's brawny presence, his hands lost in the cuffs of a shirt meant for someone broader.'
  16. 'He relished the opportunities inherent in the imitative style, especially what happens when imitation is allowed to lose its usually rigid tonal control.'
  17. 'The piece has imitation throughout, and the two piano parts are evenly dispersed thematically and in difficulty level.'
  18. 'Parker's setting are starker, more monumental, more dependent on modes, open fifths, and contrapuntal imitation.'
A thing intended to simulate or copy something else.
  1. 'We've seen these tubs framed in to make poor imitations of modern tubs.'
  2. 'Officers will distribute posters and leaflets about the dangers of selling and using imitation weapons.'
  3. 'Make sure that you're buying the real thing and not a cheap imitation.'
  4. 'In one robbery, the gang used an imitation firearm to threaten their victims.'
  5. 'Sometimes one products hits, and there's money to be made off of imitations and homologues.'
  6. 'He was searched and a blue plastic imitation handgun costing £1.50 was found in his tracksuit pocket.'
  7. 'Painted imitations were a cheap and easy version of this complex and expensive art form.'
  8. 'The chairs were tailored with cheap imitation leather and had many slits.'
  9. 'Oh you studied creatures, you flimsy confections of powder and resin, set in tinsel and imitation leather!'
  10. 'These works are often replicas or imitations of ancient Greek and Roman art.'
((n.) The act of imitating.|--|(n.) That which is made or produced as a copy; that which is made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance.|--|(n.) One of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. Canon.|--|(n.) The act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate, v. t., 3.|--|)


1. a result or product of imitating.

2. the act of imitating.

3. a counterfeit; copy.

4. a literary composition that imitates the manner or subject of another author or work.

5. Biology. mimicry.

6. Psychology. the performance of an act whose stimulus is the observation of the act performed by another person.

7. Sociology. the copying of patterns of activity and thought of other groups or individuals.

8. Art. (in Aristotelian aesthetics) the representation of an object or an action as it ought to be. the representation of actuality in art or literature.

9. Music. the repetition of a melodic phrase at a different pitch or key from the original or in a different voice part. adjective 10. designed to imitate a genuine or superior article or thing: imitation leather. 1

1. Jewelry. noting an artificial gem no part of which is of the true gemstone.Compare assembled, synthetic (def 5).


"There can be imitation eyebrows."
"people can be imitated."
"voices can be imitated."
"prophets can be imitated."
"styles can be imitated."
"places can be imitated."
"people/places/organizations can be imitated."
"sounds can be imitated."
"patterns can be imitated."
"models can be imitated."
"accents can be imitated."
"smiles can be imitated."
"rapes can be imitated."
"natures can be imitated."
"executions can be imitated."
"dogs can be imitated."
"christs can be imitated."
"calls can be imitated."
"imitations can be in childhoods."
"traditions can be imitated."
"imitations can prove forms for people."
"imitations can play roles in masteries."
"imitations can hang theres in days."
"imitations can engage involveds in things."
"imitations can bring drearinesses into foci."
"imitations can ruin around monuments."
"imitations can prove for people."
"imitations can play in masteries."
"imitations can increase in complexities."
"imitations can hang in days."
"imitations can glow into originalities."
"imitations can engage in things."
"imitations can come in caps."
"imitations can come in bottles."
"imitations can call for senses."
"imitations can bring into foci."
"imitations can be at works."
"imitations can appear in laudis."

Late Middle English: from Latin imitatio(n-), from the verb imitari (see imitate).

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