Meaning of simulacrum in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm/

nounplural noun simulacra/ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrə/ , plural noun simulacrums

  • 1An image or representation of someone or something.

    ‘a small-scale simulacrum of a skyscraper’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘With surgery, he makes clear, one becomes merely a simulacrum or copy; true identity is masked with the inevitable result that one is, ultimately, inauthentic.’
    • ‘A buffalo skull tucked in the corner compresses the painting's message into a single object, a simulacrum for the Old West.’
    likeness, painting, drawing, picture, portrait, illustration, sketch, diagram, artist's impression
    1. 1.1An unsatisfactory imitation or substitute.
      ‘a bland simulacrum of American soul music’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are pop cultural simulacra, mere shadows of Cagney's tragic anti-hero and Marlon Brando's brooding Don.’
      • ‘But then along comes a texture, timbre or pattern that is simply too frog-like or insect-like to be dismissed as a mere electronic simulacrum.’
      • ‘They are mere simulacra, which replace real things and their actual relationships (only truly known to those on the left, who see through such illusions) in a process which Baudrillard calls hyperrealization.’
      • ‘How it must wound the director to hear these words in Hollywood, on a mere back-lot simulacrum of New York - and from his own ex-wife!’


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