Definition of mimicry in English:


nounPlural mimicries

mass noun
  • 1The action or skill of imitating someone or something, especially in order to entertain or ridicule.

    ‘the word was spoken with gently teasing mimicry’
    count noun ‘a playful mimicry of the techniques of realist writers’
    • ‘Regular Jelly Bellys are known for their impressive mimicry of the flavors of other foods, but they don't get any weirder than buttered popcorn or jalapeño.’
    • ‘It's also true that friends and colleagues in the workplace are sometimes very supportive of people with disabilities, but that fades in the face of mimicry and mockery.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, one must consider who shot these images and allowed such an open, playful, form of mimicry.’
    • ‘From rain dances to bhangra, skits to mimicry, the employees rewrote office entertainment rules.’
    • ‘Actually blinded by prosthetics, he walks the fine line between acting and mimicry, giving a performance that is neither stifled by imitation, nor unconvincing.’
    • ‘So there's some product mimicry, but real mimicry is impossible.’
    • ‘Monomane takes imitation through mimicry and beyond to caricature with comic effect.’
    • ‘They negotiate the dicey line between mimicry and mockery partly by dint of fascination with details.’
    • ‘Skitcom performers, especially those with skills at mimicry, typically disappear into their roles.’
    • ‘No other kind of entertainment programmes such as mimicry and ganamela could be conducted along with the magic show, due to the props.’
    • ‘The technique they use to construct the documentary seems to me to be a loving reference to your work, rather than mimicry or a take-off.’
    • ‘All art is but facsimile of nature and the art of imitating someone or something classically in order to entertain is mimicry.’
    • ‘Foxx can be subtle and funny here, but his performance often feels like a rather hollow if impressive feat of mimicry.’
    • ‘Parody is mimicry in the service of ridicule; it implies anxiety.’
    • ‘She discovered the gift of mimicry by studying people in the street and doing impressions of them through the window of their house or performing sketches for her mother.’
    • ‘In one sense, radio was indeed an impersonal medium for him - he prided himself on his skills of mimicry and his way with accents.’
    • ‘In his show he exploited a talent for mimicry that manifested itself in a Moira Anderson imitation when he was seven, and then in wicked parodies of his teachers.’
    • ‘Mani's mimicry skills were discovered by the late Fr. Abel of Kalabhavan.’
    • ‘Hoffman duplicates Capote's unusual voice and mannerisms with remarkable skill, but the performance is much more than mimicry.’
    • ‘Nagesh compèred the show and kept the audience entertained with his mimicry.’
    imitation, imitating, impersonation, take-off, impression, copying, aping, caricature, mockery, parody, satire, lampoon, burlesque
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    1. 1.1Biology The close external resemblance of an animal or plant (or part of one) to another animal, plant, or inanimate object.
      • ‘It may involve mimicry, he said, as dolphins are unsurpassed in imitative abilities among nonhuman animals.’
      • ‘We don't find Mount Rushmores in biology, we find phenomena such as mimicry and camouflage.’
      • ‘So far, no cases of scent mimicry have been reported for food-deceptive species although it occurs in cases of sexual mimicry.’
      • ‘In the book, al-Jahiz discusses animal mimicry - noting that certain parasites adapt to the color of their host.’
      • ‘Across the genus as a whole, the evolution of mimicry seems to be associated with increased rates of species diversification.’