Adjective "ersatz" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.
  1. 'An egregious example of this tendency is the architect whose assembly-line production of faux rococo and ersatz neo-classical facades has transmogrified Mumbai's cityscape.'
  2. 'If redwood is not an option where you live, use similarly rot-resistant eastern or western red cedar, inexpensive hemlock, or consider the ersatz wood planks made of recycled plastic.'
  3. 'By contrast, there is very little in contemporary metropolitan architecture that rises above the kitsch and the ersatz in its efforts to provide a simulacrum of displaced nature.'
  4. 'As the delegates on the floor allowed themselves to be whipped up into fake passion, like that ersatz cream they used to sell during the war, I popped into the overspill where delegates were watching on the giant screen.'
  5. 'See they never had any coffee in Europe, it was what they call ersatz coffee, and this was made out of kind of charred acorns and they'd grind it up and that was their so-called coffee.'
  6. 'There is nothing ersatz in this polished Edwardian pile, save fake coal fires in secondary rooms.'
  7. 'Some of us have props: racing programs, and glasses of ersatz beer.'
  8. 'Think of the Phoenix-area canals as ersatz rivers, as man-made, tidier, vastly simplified rivers.'
  9. 'The one upside to the fact that we no longer have any real leaders, only ersatz ones slavishly addicted to following public opinion, is that at the end of the day, public outrage really matters.'
  10. 'Godard was lost in Plato's cave from the outset, so he should not be surprised when this illusory ersatz world of film proves unsatisfactory - as a replacement for life, it is indeed a very unsatisfactory substitute.'
  11. 'His voice shaking with ersatz emotion, he recalled how three senior boys surrounded him in such an intimidating manner that he has never forgotten it.'
  12. 'In short, the market is divided into real surplus, ersatz surplus, and newly manufactured ammunition and components.'
  13. 'Be you the last one standing on the tropical island or in the spotlight on the studio stage, it has been an artificial journey leading to ersatz fame.'
  14. 'This is where Sancho knows his master has lost his marbles since he himself produced this ersatz Dulcinea.'
  15. 'McAlmont is capable of real emotion, not Armstrong's ersatz approximation of feeling.'
  16. 'Gaming - sporting or otherwise - introduces a whole new set of experience and it doesn't make any difference whether they're ersatz experiences or real ones.'
  17. 'Today's football-related flag-flying is a pale imitation of that traditional nationalism, a sort of ersatz English patriotism that means little or nothing in political terms.'
  18. 'The ersatz emotions that crawl out of the woodwork with every hit make me instinctively reach for the bug spray.'


1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain. noun

2. an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute.

More examples(as adjective)

"coffees can be ersatz."

"oppressions can be ersatz."

"names can be ersatz."

"teas can be ersatz."

"shepherds can be ersatz."

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Late 19th century: from German, literally ‘replacement’.