Definition of mimicry in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The 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’
    • ‘Monomane takes imitation through mimicry and beyond to caricature with comic effect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They negotiate the dicey line between mimicry and mockery partly by dint of fascination with details.’
    • ‘Actually blinded by prosthetics, he walks the fine line between acting and mimicry, giving a performance that is neither stifled by imitation, nor unconvincing.’
    • ‘In one sense, radio was indeed an impersonal medium for him - he prided himself on his skills of mimicry and his way with accents.’
    • ‘Parody is mimicry in the service of ridicule; it implies anxiety.’
    • ‘All art is but facsimile of nature and the art of imitating someone or something classically in order to entertain is mimicry.’
    • ‘Skitcom performers, especially those with skills at mimicry, typically disappear into their roles.’
    • ‘Mani's mimicry skills were discovered by the late Fr. Abel of Kalabhavan.’
    • ‘Foxx can be subtle and funny here, but his performance often feels like a rather hollow if impressive feat of mimicry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No other kind of entertainment programmes such as mimicry and ganamela could be conducted along with the magic show, due to the props.’
    • ‘Nagesh compèred the show and kept the audience entertained with his mimicry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, one must consider who shot these images and allowed such an open, playful, form of mimicry.’
    • ‘Hoffman duplicates Capote's unusual voice and mannerisms with remarkable skill, but the performance is much more than mimicry.’
    • ‘From rain dances to bhangra, skits to mimicry, the employees rewrote office entertainment rules.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So there's some product mimicry, but real mimicry is impossible.’
    • ‘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.’
    imitation, imitating, impersonation, take-off, impression, copying, aping, caricature, mockery, parody, satire, lampoon, burlesque
    send-up, spoof
    apery, pasquinade
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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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It may involve mimicry, he said, as dolphins are unsurpassed in imitative abilities among nonhuman animals.’
      • ‘Across the genus as a whole, the evolution of mimicry seems to be associated with increased rates of species diversification.’
      • ‘In the book, al-Jahiz discusses animal mimicry - noting that certain parasites adapt to the color of their host.’