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ersatz

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adjective er·satz \ˈer-ˌsäts, -ˌzäts, er-ˈ; ˈər-ˌsats\

Simple Definition of ersatz

  • : copied from something else and usually not as good as the original

Full Definition of ersatz

  1. :  being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation <ersatz turf> <ersatz intellectuals>

ersatz noun

Examples of ersatz

  1. an apartment complex designed as an ersatz Mediterranean villa

  2. <like everything else the restaurant served, the whipped cream on the dessert was ersatz>



Origin of ersatz

German ersatz-, from Ersatz, noun, substitute


First Known Use: 1875



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