sim·​u·​la·​crum | \ ˌsim-yə-ˈla-krəm How to pronounce simulacrum (audio) , -ˈlā- \
plural simulacra\ ˌsim-​yə-​ˈla-​krə How to pronounce simulacrum (audio) , -​ˈlā-​ \ also simulacrums

Definition of simulacrum

1 : image, representation a reasonable simulacrum of reality— Martin Mayer
2 : an insubstantial form or semblance of something : trace

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There is a similarity between simulacrum and simulate. Both words come from simulare, a Latin verb meaning "to copy, represent, or feign." Simulacrum is the name for an image or representation, and simulate means "to look, feel, or behave like something."

Examples of simulacrum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That Skinner’s comedy is bent on caricaturing Kardashian aesthetics only further blurs the lines between the Kardashian simulacrum and their fandom. Mj Corey, Vogue, 9 June 2022 Not a simulacrum of his childhood bedroom—the actual bedroom, cut out of his family’s old house in Woodcliff Lake, loaded onto a trailer, and dropped off in the parking lot, as an interactive art exhibit. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Chatbots can now offer a simulacrum of a fully objective, floating ear, incapable of judgment. Ana Cecilia Alvarez, The Atlantic, 1 May 2022 As a result, the android has become not just an occasional babysitter and a source of some bland simulacrum of culture but the child’s primary caregiver. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Sourdough bread-making was revived, and lovingly documented on social media, in a weird simulacrum of a frontier-style can-do spirit. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 Impossible achieves this simulacrum by deploying heme, a protein present in animal tissues but here derived from plants. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 The patty is a vehicle for deliciousness and a simulacrum of the nation’s rhythms, and your patty could be a late breakfast, or an early lunch, or a boozy midnight snack. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2022 She’s Agatha, a terrifyingly stern spinster sister stuck in a rundown manse on a simulacrum of the wild Yorkshire moors, a fever nightmare of Charlotte Brontë-like origin. Chris Jones,, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of simulacrum

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for simulacrum

Middle English, from Latin, from simulare

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17 Jun 2022

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“Simulacrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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