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ersatz definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: artificial and inferior; "ersatz coffee"; "substitute coffee" [syn: ersatz, substitute] n
1: an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: German ersatz-, from Ersatz, noun, substitute Date: 1875 being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation <ersatz turf> <ersatz intellectuals> ersatz noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. substitute, imitation (esp. of inferior quality). --n. an ersatz thing. Etymology: G, = replacement

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe something as ersatz, you dislike it because it is not genuine and is a poor imitation of something better. (WRITTEN) ...an ersatz Victorian shopping precinct... = fake ADJ: usu ADJ n [disapproval]

Moby Thesaurus

affected, agent, alike, alternate, alternative, analogy, aped, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, backup, bastard, bogus, brummagem, change, changeling, colorable, colored, comparison, consimilar, copied, copy, counterfeit, counterfeited, deputy, distorted, double, dressed up, dummy, embellished, embroidered, equal, equivalent, exchange, factitious, fake, faked, false, falsified, favoring, feigned, fictitious, fictive, fill-in, following, forged, garbled, ghost, ghostwriter, hokey, homogeneous, identical, illegitimate, imitated, imitation, junky, like, locum tenens, make-believe, makeshift, man-made, metaphor, metonymy, mimicked, mock, nearly reproduced, next best thing, not unlike, personnel, perverted, phony, pinch, pinch hitter, pinchbeck, plagiarized, pretended, provisional, proxy, pseudo, put-on, quasi, queer, relief, replacement, representative, resembling, reserve, reserves, ringer, second string, secondary, self-styled, sham, shoddy, sign, similar, simulacrum, simulated, smacking of, so-called, soi-disant, something like, spare, spares, spurious, stand-in, stopgap, sub, substituent, substitute, substitution, succedaneum, suggestive of, superseder, supplanter, supposititious, surrogate, symbol, synecdoche, synthetic, temporary, tentative, third string, tin, tinsel, titivated, token, twisted, unauthentic, understudy, ungenuine, uniform with, unnatural, unreal, utility, utility player, vicar, vicarious, vice-president, vice-regent, warped



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