Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section II. Relation
3. Partial Relation

19. Imitation.

   NOUN:IMITATION; copying &c. v.; transcription; repetition, duplication, reduplication; quotation; reproduction; mimeography.
  MOCKERY, apery, mimicking, mimicry.
  SIMULATION, personation; parrotism, parrotry; representation [See Representation]; semblance, pretense; copy [See Copy]; assimilation.
  paraphrase, parody [See Copy].
  PLAGIARISM; forgery (falsehood) [See Falsehood].
  IMITATOR, echo, cuckoo, parrot, ape, monkey, mocking bird, mimic; copyist.
   VERB:IMITATE, copy, mirror, reflect, reproduce, repeat; do like, echo, reëcho, catch; transcribe; match, parallel.
  MOCK, take off, borrow, mimic, ape, simulate, personate; act (drama) [See The Drama]; represent [See Representation]; counterfeit, forge, parody, travesty, caricature, burlesque.
  FOLLOW in the steps of, follow in the footsteps of; follow in the wake of; tread in the steps of, tread in the footsteps of; take pattern by; follow suit [colloq.], follow the example of; walk in the shoes of, take a leaf out of another’s book, strike in with; take after, model after; emulate.
   ADJECTIVE:IMITATED &c. v.; mock, mimic; modeled after, molded on.
  PARAPHRASTIC; literal; imitative; secondhand; imitable; aping, apish, mimicking, borrowed, counterfeit, imitation, false, pseudo, near- [as, near-silk, colloq., U. S.].
   ADVERB:LITERALLY, to the letter, verbatim, literatim [L.], sic [L.], totidem verbis [L.], word for word, mot à mot [F.], verbatim et literatim [L.]; exactly, precisely.
  1. Like master like man.
  2. Like—but oh! how different!—Wordsworth
  3. Genius borrows nobly.—Emerson
  4. Pursuing echoes calling ’mong the rocks.—A. Coles
  5. Quotation confesses inferiority.—Emerson
  6. The little actor cons another part.—Wordsworth
  7. Play the sedulous ape to men of letters.—Stevenson