simulacrum

A simulacrum is a fake version of something real. A wax museum is full of simulacrums of famous people.

Simulacrum comes from the Latin word simulare meaning "to make like" and is related to words like simulate (to imitate) and similarity. A simulacrum might look like a person, but it's usually a sculpture. Also, a simulacrum can be a representation that's not very good. If you say, "This video game is only a simulacrum of playing football!" that means it does a poor job of copying the game.

Definitions of simulacrum
  1. noun
    a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
    synonyms: effigy, image
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    Guy
    an effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
    god, graven image, idol
    a material effigy that is worshipped
    bird-scarer, scarecrow, scarer, straw man, strawman
    an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
    wax figure, waxwork
    an effigy (usually of a famous person) made of wax
    golden calf
    (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly
    joss
    a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
    Juggernaut
    a crude idol of Krishna
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    representation
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  2. noun
    an insubstantial or vague semblance
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    color, colour, gloss, semblance, veneer
    an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
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