simulacrum was our Word of the Day on 07/24/2016. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of simulacrum from the Web
In so many ways, the story of Keith Raniere is a fitting simulacrum for our post-truth world.
For nearly two decades, John Cena, a performer whose primary medium involves finding creative ways to lift and drop other large men as a simulacrum for hand-to-hand combat, was seemingly on a one-man mission to keep the jean-shorts industry afloat.
Audiences have gotten familiar with this kind of cautionary yarn, where technology offers a lonely simulacrum of human contact.
Third places are a vital part of cities and cities of all sizes need more of them—and more that aren’t a simulacrum.
His silence challenges us to accept our own emotional complexity in ways that the whirring, buzzing, flashing simulacrum of global culture specifically discourages.
Judging from the clip, Bernard himself will enter the Cradle’s world, which opens up the possibility that one of the Bernard storylines audiences have been following this season could have been a simulacrum the entire time.
On set, the stars deliberately cultivated an idealized simulacrum of the broader industry — female-led, open, nonhierarchical, mutually supportive.
Both sell a vacuous simulacrum of a lifestyle that does not match up with reality.
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Did You Know?
It's not a figment of your imagination; there is a similarity between simulacrum and simulate. Both of those English words derive from simulare, a Latin verb meaning "to copy, represent, or feign." In its earliest English uses, simulacrum named something that provided an image or representation (as, for instance, a portrait, marble statue, or wax figure representing a person). Perhaps because a simulacrum, no matter how skillfully done, is not the real thing, the word gained an extended sense emphasizing the superficiality or insubstantiality of a thing.
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