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

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 This means that the novel feels less tethered to mimetic reality and instead takes its form from psychological and philosophical reality. Akhil Sharma, The New Yorker, 29 July 2022 But Magritte suggests that art is always mimetic, if not of the external world then at the very least of consciousness. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 The hot-dog-shaped stand, a classic example of mimetic or programmatic architecture, debuted on La Cienega Boulevard in 1946 under then-famous dance duo Frank Veloz and Yolanda Casazza. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 The team also plans to investigate if domestication shaped the mimetic muscles of other mammals, Burrows tells Newsweek. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2022 In the study, researchers analyzed the anatomy of tiny muscles used to form facial expressions called mimetic muscles. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 6 Apr. 2022 The building block of the internet is a referential, signifying, mimetic, poetics. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 The previous generation of Los Angeles rappers, from Ice Cube to Ice T and MC Eight, would have leaned into the realism, the mimetic blankness of the routine tragedy of Black death. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 22 Dec. 2021 Thiel was particularly taken with Girard’s concept of mimetic desire. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Mimetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimetic. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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