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English

Etymology

From the [[w:Template:lang:de language|Template:lang:de]][[Category:Template:lang:de derivations]] Ersatz (a replacement); and from the German verb ersetzen, "to replace".

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
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  1. Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.
    Back then, we could only get ersatz coffee.

Synonyms

Quotations

  • 1929, "Zeppelining," Time, 16 Sep.,
    Ersatzgas, Ersatzpfennige. Ersatz has become a brave word in Germany. As a substantive it means War Reparations. As part of compounded words it means substitute.
  • 2001, The New Yorker, 15 Oct,
    The avant-garde's opposite number, in Greenberg's scheme, is kitsch, "ersatz culture"—art for capitalism's new man (who turns out to be no different from Fascism's or Communism's new man).
  • 2003, The New Yorker, 17 & 24 Feb,
    The NATO visitors watched an ersatz eighteenth-century dance (complete with powdered wigs and simulated copulation) that might have been considered obscene had it not been so amusing.
  • 2004, The New Yorker, 31 May,
    The crowd wandered out to a huge party on the ersatz city blocks of the Paramount lot.

Noun

Singular
ersatz

Plural
ersatz

ersatz (ersatz)
  1. (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): Something made in imitation; an effigy or substitute.

Synonyms

Translations

References

  • ersatz” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "ersatz" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
  • "ersatz" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002.
  • "ersatz" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
  • "ersatz" in Compact Oxford English Dictionary, © Oxford University Press, 2007.

French

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:de language|Template:lang:de]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:de derivations]] Ersatz.

Noun

ersatz m. (plural ersatz)

  1. ersatz

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