One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she wore an imitation of a sailor's hat’
copy, simulation, reproduction, replica
counterfeit, forgery, fake
2‘learning by imitation’
emulation, copying, following, echoing, parroting
3‘he did a perfect imitation of Francis’
impersonation, impression, parody, mockery, caricature, burlesque, travesty, lampoon, pastiche
mimicry, mimicking, imitating, aping, mocking
informal send-up, take-off, spoof
artificial, synthetic, simulated, man-made, manufactured, ersatz, substitute
reproduction, replica, repro, facsimile, model
mock, sham, fake, counterfeit, bogus, spurious
informal pseudo, phoney, dummy
British informal cod
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