simulacrum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n simulacrum a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture) "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln","the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
    • n simulacrum an insubstantial or vague semblance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Simulacrum A likeness; a semblance; a mock appearance; a sham; -- now usually in a derogatory sense. "Beneath it nothing but a great simulacrum ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n simulacrum That which is formed in the likeness of any object; an image.
    • n simulacrum A shadowy or unreal likeness of anything; a phantom; a vague, unreal representation.
    • n simulacrum A formal sign; a sign which represents a thing by resembling it, but does not indicate it, or stand for the actual presence of the thing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Simulacrum sim-ū-lā′krum an image, unreal phantom: a formal sign
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Simulate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

Presently the simulacrum works no more spells, good or evil, and the deception is unveiled.
"Ponkapog Papers" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
But on Fact alone, not on Semblance and Simulacrum, will it be able either to come, or to stand when come.
"Heroes and Hero Worship" by Thomas Carlyle
Or is this same Age of Hope itself but a simulacrum; as Hope too often is?
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
I didn't look at him very much; I was studying the simulacrum of Yva.
"When the World Shook" by H. Rider Haggard
He continued to come upon things of which he had no simulacrum in his phantasy.
"Sir Gibbie" by George MacDonald
When Dr. Anderson knew that he was dying, he retired into the simulacrum of his father's benn end.
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
The sun itself is but the dark simulacrum, and light but the shadow of God.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
A simulacrum of a ventral fin increases the resemblance.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Just an ugly, filthy simulacrum.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
But their simulacrum of gaiety is far from obvious.
"Europe After 8:15" by H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
To pick up the old routine, to show herself daily and nightly in the studied simulacrum of her former self, was no part of her code.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Denis, boy, will you do this thing and be for the time being the simulacrum of him we serve?
"The King's Esquires" by George Manville Fenn
They radiate from the surface of the skin and reproduce a simulacrum, as it were, of the surface.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
I am only a mighty simulacrum.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
Here indeed is a simulacrum of death, with all its inertia.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Distinctly outlined on the lid of the coffin was the simulacrum of the figure of a man.
"The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
The bare perfume of things will not support existence, and the effect of solidity you reach is but perfume and simulacrum.
"The Letters of William James, Vol. II" by William James
Full as night is of phantoms, shades, sounds and silence, it is no illusive mirage, no mere empty simulacrum.
"Islam Her Moral And Spiritual Value" by Arthur Glyn Leonard
You are only a statue, the simulacrum of a being, a mere looker-on at life.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume 1, Jan-June 1891" by Various
His own face had become as an image and simulacrum of the traditional pictures and representations of Our Lord's.
"The Angel" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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In poetry:

You are a simulacrum
Of what I believe you to be
And what is needed
But you are something
Other than this
You answer off-key.
"Adumbration" by Norman MacLeod
Realities are not so kind
As many a lovely thing that's spun ...
Mere simulacrum-fantasies:
Take these to heart and you have won!
"Reticence" by Jewell Miller
In Nature is no rearward step allowed.
Hard on the rock Reality do we dash
To be shattered, if the material dream propels.
The worship to departed splendour vowed
Conjured a simulacrum, wove her lash,
For the slow measure timed her peal of bells.
"Alsace-Lorraine" by George Meredith

In news:

The new play Red is to 20th Century Art what Colonial Williamsburg is to the Revolutionary War: a warm, fuzzy, simulacrum that makes a complex era accessible.
Diving Into the Simulacrum, Moptop First.
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