ersatz


adjective

  1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain.

noun

  1. an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute.

adjective

  1. made in imitation of some natural or genuine product; artificial

noun

  1. an ersatz substance or article
adj.

1875, from German Ersatz “units of the army reserve,” literally “compensation, replacement, substitute,” from ersetzen “to replace,” from Old High German irsezzen, from ir-, unaccented variant of ur- + setzen “to set” (see set (v.)). As a noun, from 1892.

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