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Mime  n.  
A kind of drama in which real persons and events were generally represented in a ridiculous manner; an ancient Greek or Roman form of farce.
An actor in such representations.
The art of representing actions, events, situations, or stories solely by gestures and body movements, without speaking; pantomime (3).
An actor who performs or specializes in mime (3); an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression; a pantomime (2); a pantomimist; a mimer.
Synonyms: mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist.
A mimic.

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"Mime" Quotes from Famous Books

... at last, for speech I sought, To keep shy Love in countenance, But, whilst I vainly tax'd my thought, Her voice deliver'd mime from trance: 'Look, is not this a pretty shawl, Aunt's parting gift.' 'She's always kind.' 'The new wing spoils Sir John's old Hall: You'll see it, if you ...
— The Angel in the House • Coventry Patmore

... quite charming and, what is not so usual, a quite intelligible fantasy in mime—The Magic Pipe: Pierrot, faithless mistress, despair, sympathetic friend, adoring midinette, and so on. But Mr. JULES DELACRE, who played his own part, Pierrot, with a fine sincerity and a ...
— Punch, 1917.07.04, Vol. 153, Issue No. 1 • Various

... expressed at the theatre; decadence of tragedy in Cicero's time; the first permanent theatre, 55 B.C.; opening of Pompey's theatre; Cicero's account of it; the great actors of Cicero's day: Aesopus; Roscius; the farces; Publilius Syrus and the mime. ...
— Social life at Rome in the Age of Cicero • W. Warde Fowler

... call an actor a m'as-tu-vu, which, anglicised, means a have-you-seen-me?... The average actor holds the mirror up to nature and sees in it only the reflection of himself." I take the words from a late book on the so-called art of the mime by the editor of a magazine devoted to the stage. The learned author evades plumbing the psychological springs of this astounding and almost invariable vanity, this endless bumptiousness of the cabotin in all climes and all ages. His one attempt is banal: "a foolish public makes much of him." ...
— Damn! - A Book of Calumny • Henry Louis Mencken

... inferior actor, but truth now made him excellent; as he went on to announce to Macduff the slaughter of his family, he was afraid to speak, trembling from apprehension of a burst of grief from the audience, not from his fellow-mime. Each word was drawn out with difficulty; real anguish painted his features; his eyes were now lifted in sudden horror, now fixed in dread upon the ground. This shew of terror encreased ours, we gasped with him, ...
— The Last Man • Mary Shelley

... without carefully calculated gesture, he can carry through a part in a modern comedy probably is misled by the thought that the English are more sober in gesture than the Latin races: and his contempt for the work of the mime is based on a belief that certain purely conventional gestures, inapplicable save in wordless scenes, constitute the whole materials of the mime's art. The mime certainly has a kind of dumb language with a limited vocabulary, understood, ...
— Our Stage and Its Critics • "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"

Words linked to "Mime" :   Marceau, act, imitate, mimer, roleplay, playacting, simulate, histrion, pantomimer, mimic, playact, role player, acting, panto, Marcel Marceau, copy, performing, mummer, pantomime

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