er·satz (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).
[German, replacement, from ersetzen, to replace, from Old High German irsezzan : ir-, out; see ud- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + sezzan, to set; see sed- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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