Definition of simulacrum in English:


Line breaks: simu|lac¦rum
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm

noun (plural simulacra /-krə/ or simulacrums)

1An image or representation of someone or something: a small-scale simulacrum of a skyscraper
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  • Despite the obvious codes of virtuality at play, of simulation and simulacra, the image works.
  • Anything for a ‘feel good’ image, for a simulacrum, in these postmodern times
  • Painted kite tails, assemblages, photo and film documentation, and an electronic simulacrum of kite-flying were recently on view in a New York gallery
1.1An unsatisfactory imitation or substitute: a bland simulacrum of American soul music
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  • Unlike France, the United States has never had a publicly defined national curriculum - although we seem to have allowed private enterprise to define a thoroughly unsatisfactory simulacrum of one.
  • Whereas representation attempts to absorb simulation by interpreting it as false representation, simulation envelops the whole edifice of representation itself as a simulacrum.
  • Heavily shaped by the generation of the 1960s, most of us may become mere simulacrums of our mentors.


late 16th century: from Latin, from simulare (see simulate).

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