simulacrum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin simulācrum (image, likeness).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌsimjəˈleɪkɹəm/

Noun[edit]

simulacrum (plural simulacrums or simulacra)

  1. An image or representation.
    a simulacrum of a New York studio apartment
    • 2008 October 23, Manohla Dargis, “Dreamer, Live in the Here and Now”, in New York Times[1]:
      Like the full-scale map in Borges’s short story “On Exactitude in Science,” the representation takes on the dimensions of reality to the point of replacing it. The French theorist Jean Baudrillard uses Borges’s story as a metaphor for his notion of the simulacrum, which probably explains why Caden, who has trouble naming things, considers titling his production “Simulacrum.”
  2. A faint trace or semblance.
    a simulacrum of hope

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From simulō

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Noun[edit]

simulācrum n (genitive simulācrī); second declension

  1. an image, likeness
    Synonyms: effigies, imāgō, statua

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative simulācrum simulācra
Genitive simulācrī simulācrōrum
Dative simulācrō simulācrīs
Accusative simulācrum simulācra
Ablative simulācrō simulācrīs
Vocative simulācrum simulācra

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