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mimetic

Syllabification: mi·met·ic
Pronunciation: /məˈmedik
 
/

Definition of mimetic in English:

adjective

formal or technical
Relating to, constituting, or habitually practicing 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

mimetically

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Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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.

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