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Originals and copies of things - thesaurus

Synonyms

original

noun

the first form of something from which copies have been made

copy

noun

a document, computer file etc that is exactly like the original one

transcript

noun

a written copy of the exact words that someone said

replica

noun

an accurate copy of something

photocopy

noun

a copy made by a photocopier

tracing

noun

a copy made by putting transparent paper on top of an image and following the lines with your pencil

duplicate

noun

an exact copy of something

imitation

noun

something that is a copy of something else, usually not as good as the original thing

forgery

noun

a document, painting, work of art etc that is a copy of an original, and has been illegally represented as the original

reproduction

noun

a copy of something, especially a work of art or an antique

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a scale model/drawing etc

a small copy of something larger in which each part is made smaller by the same amount so that the relation between them is the same as in the original thing

copy

noun

something exactly like something else

copy

noun

something that is deliberately made to look the same as something else

copy

noun

a single newspaper, book, CD, piece of software etc that is one of many that are all exactly the same

dummy

noun

something that is made to look like a real object, used either for practising something or for tricking people

enlargement

noun

a copy of a photograph or document that is bigger than the original one

facsimile

noun

an exact copy of something, especially a book or document

fake

noun

a copy of something such as a painting or piece of jewellery that is intended to trick people

in duplicate

if something such as a document exists in duplicate, there are two copies of it

in triplicate

if you produce a document in triplicate, you make three copies of it

knockoff

noun

informal a bad or cheap copy of something

model

noun

a small copy of something such as a building, vehicle, or machine

original

adjective

not copied from something else

passing off

noun

the act of producing products that are very similar to another company's products and thereby causing people to believe they are the original in a way that contravenes intellectual property law

Photostat

a copy made using a Photostat. This word is sometimes used to mean a photocopy of any type.

plagiarism

noun

an idea, story, words, or music that you use in your work without explaining that you took them from someone else

reconstruction

noun

a copy of something that existed in the past

reduction

noun

a copy of a photograph, picture etc that is smaller than the original

repro

adjective

informal made in a style that copies a work that was popular in the past

Xerox

a copy of a written document or image that is made with a Xerox machine

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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Open Dictionary

sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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