American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial: ersatz coffee made mostly of chicory. See Synonyms at artificial.
- adj. Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.
- n. : Something made in imitation; an effigy or substitute.
- adj. artificial and inferior
- n. an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
- From the German Ersatz ("a replacement"); and from the German verb ersetzen ("to replace"). (Wiktionary)
- German, replacement, from ersetzen, to replace, from Old High German irsezzan : ir-, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + sezzan, to set; see sed- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I went back to the saucer and got one of the picnic blankets we'd taken from the spome, came back to the little pool and sat again, all wrapped up, looking out over ersatz cityscape, remembering that where my dad had taken German in college, Murray's dad had taken French, so Murray would say _faux, _ where I said _ersatz_.”
“MANKOFF: One of the things about humor is I think, it is what I call ersatz humor, not your stuff of course, but the politicians 'stuff, where it sort of -- it is actually not meant to be very funny, you see it in advertising, I mean that is the whole point.”
“The_Hat fought like a dream, and together we wallowed in ersatz murderous play for what felt like hours, but was mere minutes.”
“First of all let me congratulate you on the basis that any time you can work the word ersatz into a discussion, its a good one.”
“The button got quite the workout during this exercise in ersatz ‘60s hipness, with Ann-Margret as a decent Midwestern girl pretending to be a hellion so she can be published in a smut rag.”
“Dubbed "ersatz capitalism" in the 1980s by economist Kunio Yoshihara, this is why it's rare for entrepreneurs to make the list of the region's richest men as happens regularly in Europe and North America.”
“February 21st, 2009 at 1: 38 pm it would be interesting to try to learn more about that and see how much they acted as a kind of ersatz prison system.”
“What is it with my fellow academics who think that we can turn a public hearing – particularly in an age of mass media – into some kind of ersatz classroom seminar (even one geared to freshmen)?”
“Perseus: What is it with my fellow academics who think that we can turn a public hearing – particularly in an age of mass media – into some kind of ersatz classroom seminar (even one geared to freshmen)?”
“The "ersatz" did not stimulate my appetite, when I was dreaming of chocolate and oranges!”
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