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Recent Examples of simulacrum from the Web
At root the anxiety is: Who is the human here, and who the simulacrum?
In the service of authenticity, or at least the simulacrum thereof, what frank truths might someone in Jagger’s position share with us?
Based on Riordan’s poem simulacrum, Duncan Holmes, Wendy Collin Sorin and Casey Riordan Millard re-imagined and rearranged the 60-page poem into 120 artworks and an audio recording accompanied by a reading of the poem.
The more these services try to approximate a warm, human touch, the wider the gap between an actual memory and its simulacrum, a capital-M Memory, starts to seem.
But whereas Vice President Pence could have pronounced those words with sincerity, or a convincing simulacrum thereof, Donald Trump looked shifty, nervous, and false.
Is this a person whose standards have fallen low enough that the barest simulacrum of fun is worth noting?
Kevin Depinet’s detailed set is a nifty simulacrum of the original Sun venue that offers a sense of close quarters on the large Paramount stage.
The Walter Kerr will be transformed into a simulacrum of the Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, circa 1972.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of simulacrum
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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