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Definition of Imitation


  1. The act of imitating.
  2. That which is made or produced as a copy; that which is made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance.
  3. One of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. Canon.
  4. The act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate, v. t., 3.

Imitation Quotations

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Herman Melville

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. - Charles Caleb Colton
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Caleb Colton

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.
Horace Walpole
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Imitation Translations

imitation in Danish is efterligning
imitation in Dutch is navolging, nabootsing, imitatie
imitation in French is simili
imitation in Norwegian is etterligning
imitation in Swedish is efterbildning
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