Definition of mimetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪˈmɛtɪk/
Pronunciation: /mʌɪˈmɛtɪk/


formal or technical
Relating to, constituting, or habitually practising mimesis: mimetic patterns in butterflies
More example sentences
  • In the standard Western division of genres, mimetic resemblance is the first criterion of portraiture.
  • Their mimetic intention, unlike that of most mimetic art, does not depend on images in the viewer's memory.
  • To convey it, Velazquez passed beyond mimetic rendering to composing with signs of identity when he pictured the Lady with a Fan.



Example sentences
  • But the argument against poets and mimesis is made not only poetically but also mimetically.
  • At such times, the neutral, philosophical mode mimetically reproduces Ronsard's earlier pacifistic promotion of a unified France.
  • The staff stands for Aaron and his power without mimetically representing him, as the painting seems paradoxically to observe the Hebraic ethos of iconoclasm that the Jewish leader first violated.


Mid 17th century: from Greek mimētikos 'imitation', from mimeisthai 'to imitate'.

Words that rhyme with mimetic

aesthetic (US esthetic), alphabetic, anaesthetic (US anesthetic), antithetic, apathetic, apologetic, arithmetic, ascetic, athletic, balletic, bathetic, cosmetic, cybernetic, diabetic, dietetic, diuretic, electromagnetic, emetic, energetic, exegetic, frenetic, genetic, Helvetic, hermetic, homiletic, kinetic, magnetic, metic, parenthetic, pathetic, peripatetic, phonetic, photosynthetic, poetic, prophetic, prothetic, psychokinetic, splenetic, sympathetic, syncretic, syndetic, synthetic, telekinetic, theoretic, zetetic

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