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
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n a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)

Synonyms:
effigy, image
Types:
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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
Type of:
representation
a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

n an insubstantial or vague semblance

Type of:
color, colour, gloss, semblance
an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

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