Definition of mimetic in US English:



formal, technical
  • Relating to, constituting, or habitually practicing mimesis.

    ‘mimetic patterns in butterflies’
    • ‘In the standard Western division of genres, mimetic resemblance is the first criterion of portraiture.’
    • ‘Among the several biological mimetic systems, cyclodextrins represent one of the most simple ones.’
    • ‘It's easier to write mimetic fiction, in which everything's set in this world just the way it is, than to change things with the conviction that'll keep people walking with you and believing.’
    • ‘To convey it, Velazquez passed beyond mimetic rendering to composing with signs of identity when he pictured the Lady with a Fan.’
    • ‘Their mimetic intention, unlike that of most mimetic art, does not depend on images in the viewer's memory.’
    simulated, mock, imitation, make-believe, sham, imitative
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Mid 17th century: from Greek mimētikos ‘imitation’, from mimeisthai ‘to imitate’.