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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Substituted by something of inferior quality. Artificial, and not as good as the real thing.

Usage examples (34)
  • Upon closer examination, the jewels were found to be ersatz and very obviously poor copies.
  • ersatz coffee
  • 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.
  • Merkel dismissed global imbalances as an "ersatz" issue. for more
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  • This word was used in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.
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