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Mimetic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    mimetic adj
  1. characterized by or of the nature of or using mimesis; "a mimetic dance"; "the mimetic presentation of images"
  2. exhibiting mimicry; "mimetic coloring of a butterfly"; "the mimetic tendency of infancy"- R.W.Hamilton
Mimetic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Mimetic \Mi*met"ic\ (?; 277), Mimetical \Mi*met"ic*al\, [Gr. ?, fr. ? to imitate.]
  1. Apt to imitate; given to mimicry; imitative.
  2. (Biol.) Characterized by mimicry; -- applied to animals and plants; as, mimetic species; mimetic organisms. See Mimicry.
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Mimesis (Ancient Greek: μίμησις (mīmēsis), from μίμεῖσθαι (mīmeisthai), "to imitate," from μῖμος (mimos), "imitator, actor") is a critical and philosophical term that carries a wide range of meanings, which include: imitation, representation, mimicry, imitatio, nonsensuous similarity, the act of resembling, the act of expression, and the presentation of the self. and Homi Bhabha.

Both Plato and Aristotle saw in mimesis the representation of nature. Plato wrote about mimesis in both Ion and The Republic (Books II, III and X). In Ion, he states that poetry is the art of divine madness, or inspiration. Because the poet is subject to this divine madness, it is not his/her function to convey the truth.

In Book II of The Republic

In developing this in Book X,

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