Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
    the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone
  2. (noun, attribute) an insubstantial or vague semblance

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Synonyms of Simulacrum

effigy, image

Origin of the word Simulacrum

  1. 1599, from L. simulacrum "likeness, image, form, representation, portrait," dissimilated from *simulaclom, from simulare "to make like" (see simulation). The word was borrowed earlier as semulacre (late 14c.), via O.Fr. simulacre. more

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