Adjective "imitation" definition and examples

(Imitation may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The action of using someone or something as a model.
  1. 'The deliberate imitation of classical models was a central part of the English grammar-school education.'
  2. 'Humans learn to speak by imitation, and are astonishingly good at it.'
  3. 'Obedience cannot, moreover, be a matter for isolated preoccupation, in the search for models for our imitation.'
  4. 'I've seen no convincing evidence of any slavish imitation, at least until now.'
  5. 'Is the model a worthy or deserving target of prankish imitation?'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Genuinely angry, our model imitator and model for imitation copies the rhetorical form naturally used by angry men.'
  9. 'The model nature of Windsor involved imitation, as of the Tudor style, to make a statement with a lot of leisure about it.'
  10. 'They're used in imitation and imitation is a crucial part of being able to build a model that allows us to anticipate what somebody else would do in a certain circumstance.'
  11. 'he attempted an atrocious imitation of my English accent'
  12. 'Here he employs an improbably effective Paul Lynde imitation for much of his delivery.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'Sophia changed her voice in imitation of my father.'
  15. 'In fact, it would be just as effectual as the sight of Em's leprechaun imitation.'
  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. 'In this early work, moreover, Crawford still relies on traditional phrasing and contrapuntal imitation, so the listener has that rock to hold on to.'
  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. 'Officers will distribute posters and leaflets about the dangers of selling and using imitation weapons.'
  2. 'The chairs were tailored with cheap imitation leather and had many slits.'
  3. 'A jacket made of black imitation leather was preventing the midnight chill.'
  4. 'He was searched and a blue plastic imitation handgun costing £1.50 was found in his tracksuit pocket.'
  5. 'Some of the fish used is even cooked, like imitation crab and eel.'
  6. 'It means even drinkers of cheap imitations of champagne pay an extra 50p a bottle.'
  7. 'Oh you studied creatures, you flimsy confections of powder and resin, set in tinsel and imitation leather!'
  8. 'Without such protection, cheap imitations of your products can quickly eat up profits.'
  9. 'Devices designed to distinguish between diamond and imitations rely on these properties.'
  10. 'Surely, there could be imitations and really good reproductions, but these cannot be considered original art.'

More definitions

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

More examples(as adjective)

"firearms can be imitation."

"tasks can be imitation."

"tombs can be imitation."

"guns can be imitation."

"pearls can be imitation."

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


imitation is the sincerest form of flattery