Definition of mimesis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mɪˈmiːsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈmiːsɪs//
    ; BrE BrE//maɪˈmiːsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪˈmiːsɪs//
    jump to other results
  1. 1 (specialist) the way in which the real world and human behaviour is represented in art or literature
  2. 2(specialist) the fact of a particular social group changing their behaviour by copying the behaviour of another social group
  3. 3 (biology) the fact of a plant or animal developing a similar appearance to another plant or animal.
  4. 4 (medical) the fact of a set of symptoms suggesting that somebody has a particular disease, when in fact that person has a different disease or none
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Greek mimēsis, from mimeisthai ‘to imitate’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mimesis