ersatz ersatz  /ˈɛr ˌsɑts/


  1. (n) an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
  2. (adj) artificial and inferior


  1. But one man's ersatz castle is another's vulgar affront.
  2. Thumbs up for ersatz oil For over three years Jimmy Carter has been bedeviled in his attempts to have Congress pass a coherent national energy policy.
  3. With the law on killing people more strictly enforced today, ersatz substitutes now stand in for humans when sacrifice is required.


  1. City Council: Pay our campaigns with your tax dollars

    City Council: Pay our campaigns with your tax dollars Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:02 pm, Friday, June 14, 2013 Seattle voters need to distinguish ersatz reform from real reform.  City Council members want to use (yet another) property tax levy ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source:

  2. Many Abes a-running in Lincoln-Tallman event

    On Saturday, the grounds of the Lincoln Tallman House in Janesville were filled with about 100 ersatz Lincolns, and many of them were warming up their hamstrings and adjusting their beards and stove-pipe hats for the first Father’s Day Eve Fun Dash 5k.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Janesville Gazette


  1. Some are afraid of the government taking over banks, but Obama's approach "is far worse than nationalization: it is ersatz capitalism, the privatizing of gains and the socializing of losses," writes Stiglitz. "It is a 'partnership' in which...
    on Apr 1, 2009 By: Joseph Stiglitz Source: Slate

  2. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Thomas, joined by Justice Scalia, accused the majority of hiding behind "the fig leaf of ersatz stare decisis," relying on precedents that had been incorrectly decided in the first place.
    on May 28, 2008 By: Clarence Thomas Source: Times Daily (registration)

  3. "He just has a really focused ear," Sinclair said. "He became the ersatz sixth member of the group."
    on Apr 16, 2007 By: Gord Sinclair Source:

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