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ĭmĭtātĭo , ōnis, f. id.,
I.imitation (class.; cf. aemulatio).
B. The faculty of imitation: “ingenii signum in parvis praecipuum memoria est: ... proximum imitatio,Quint. 1, 3, 1.—
II. In rhet. lang.
A. Imitation of an orator: “imitatio est, in qua impellimur cum diligenti ratione, ut aliquorum similes in dicendo velimus esse,Auct. Her. 1, 2, 3; cf. Cic. de Or. 2, 22 sq.; Quint. 10, 2.—
B. Imitation of a natural sound, onomatopœia, Auct. Her. 4, 31, 42.
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