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  • n  an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
  • s  artificial and inferior
    ersatz coffee

  • Germany invented ersatz during World War I, staked her economic survival in World War II on a big program of synthetic substitutes for gasoline, rubber, leather, textiles and .
  • The German word ersatz (substitute) has taken on a powerful significance in late years.
  • But one man's ersatz castle is another's vulgar affront.
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  • 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 ...
    June 18, 2013 -
  • 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.
    June 16, 2013 - The Janesville Gazette

  • Joseph Stiglitz in Slate
    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...
  • Clarence Thomas in Times Daily (registration)
    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.
  • Gord Sinclair in
    He just has a really focused ear,Sinclair said. "He became the ersatz sixth member of the group."

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