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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Other Words from mimetic

mimetically \ mə-​ˈme-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mimetic (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
Recent Examples on the Web There are aspects of mimetic desire that are common to all people. Kathy Caprino, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Either combat being known as a mimetic rehash by breaking out of the classic rock mold, or lean even further into their strengths as classic-rock propagandists. Steven J. Horowitz, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2021 There is no obvious, or mimetic, or representational, or narrative connection between a raga and a time of day or season, as there is, say, between Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and spring, nature, and the countryside. Amit Chaudhuri, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 This notion of degeneration owes something to Plato, for whom the visible world is a copy of the eternal forms and mimetic art a copy of that copy. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 Many different groups are currently making their own versions of these spike-mimetic trimers to test their various vaccine designs. Scientific American, 12 May 2020 Here, in addition to O’Brien’s celebrated gifts of lyricism and mimetic precision, is a new, unsettling fabulist vision that suggests Kafka more than Joyce. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2019 That's not to say that Menzies doesn't continue to explore his mimetic talents, even in roles with... lines. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 4 Dec. 2019 Yet one of the book’s signal triumphs is that Alharthi has constructed her own novelistic form to suit her specific mimetic requirements. James Wood, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Mimetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimetic. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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