ersatz (ĕrzäts′, ĕr-zäts)
1. Being a usually inferior imitation or substitute; artificial: ersatz coffee made of chicory.
2. Not genuine; fake: "Popularity was an intoxicant ... reporters began to ask for interviews and I gave them in an ersatz accent" (Maya Angelou). ...
er·satz | \ ˈer-ˌsäts
, -ˌzäts; er-ˈzäts, -ˈsäts; ˈər-ˌsats \
Definition of ersatz
: being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation ersatz turf ersatz intellectuals ...
Pronunciation /ˈəːsats/ /ˈɛːsats/
1 (of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.
1.1 Not real or genuine.
‘ersatz emotion’ ...
1. adjective [usually ADJECTIVE noun]
If you describe something as ersatz, you dislike it because it is not genuine and is a poor imitation of something better.
...an ersatz Victorian shopping precinct.
2. adjective [ADJECTIVE noun]
An ersatz product is a poor quality product that is used to replace something that is not available.
There were few provisions available: ersatz coffee, macaroni, margarine. ...