mi·​met·​ic | \ mə-ˈme-tik How to pronounce mimetic (audio) , mī-\

Definition of mimetic

1 : imitative
2 : relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting mimicry mimetic coloring of a butterfly

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mimetically \ mə-​ˈme-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mimetically (audio) , mī-​ \ adverb

Examples of mimetic in a Sentence

boys have a tendency toward mimetic behavior, often imitating their fathers at a fairly early age

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There is a long-standing argument regarding how far mimetic art ought to go in representing the sometimes dispiriting realities of modern life. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 This phenomenon has also been called mimetic architecture — a building’s design mimicked its function or a product associated with the building. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "From big oranges to bears, readers recall roadside gems," 16 June 2019 This cycle of mimetic exhibitionism holds even for metaphysical things like moral values, which in a world colonized by capitalism have become a wearable commodity. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Mark Zuckerberg Plays the Scapegoat for Our Facebook Sins," 17 Apr. 2018 Ashbery’s poems—cerebral and spectral, equal parts brain and spirit—refuse to summon a mimetic picture of the world Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "John Ashbery’s Convex Mirror," 4 Sep. 2017 In that respect, painters held the mimetic advantage, and a lot of nineteenth-century painting, from Turner and Constable through the Impressionists, tries to capture the momentary and the evanescent, the sense of life suspended in motion. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "The Majesty of Early Photography," 24 Jan. 2017 The natural world and the mimetic urge?) is part and parcel of a deeper aesthetic. Leah Hager Cohen, New York Times, "Insects Falling on Books, and Other Tales of Unsettling Trespasses," 9 June 2017 His visual descriptions are mimetic—as if the reader’s eye on the page followed a painter’s brush, the falcon reeling and refracted in sunlight painted by Tintoretto, in falling darkness by Rouault. Cynthia Zarin, The New Yorker, "Time Out: The Beauty of J. A. Baker’s “The Peregrine”," 14 Apr. 2017 The aesthetic identity of the game can be elaborated by collecting fragments or mimetic images. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Dead Media Beat: Federico Giordano, “Almost the Same Game”," 21 Apr. 2011

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First Known Use of mimetic

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mimetic

Late Latin mimeticus, from Greek mimētikos, from mimeisthai to imitate, from mimos mime

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mi·​met·​ic | \ mə-ˈmet-ik How to pronounce mimetic (audio) , mī- How to pronounce mimetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of mimetic

: simulating the action or effect of usually used in combination sympathomimetic drugs adrenocorticomimetic activity

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