mimesis

Mimesis is the imitation of life in art and literature. You know your painting exhibits mimesis when the viewers try to pick the flowers from the canvas.

You’ve probably heard that life imitates art. Well, when art imitates life, it’s mimesis. Originally a Greek word, meaning “imitation,” mimesis basically means a copycat, or a mimic. Mimesis might be found in a play with a realistic setting or in a particularly life-like statue. The word is also used in biology for a disease that shows characteristics of another illness. You can remember the definition of mimesis by thinking about a mime imitating an action.

Primary Meanings of mimesis

1.
n
the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature
2.
n
any disease that shows symptoms characteristic of another disease
Full Definitions of mimesis
1

n the imitative representation of nature and human behavior in art and literature

Type of:
imitation
the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations

n the representation of another person's words in a speech

Type of:
citation, quotation, quote
a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
2

n any disease that shows symptoms characteristic of another disease

Type of:
disease
an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning

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