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Aping

Ape \Ape\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aped; p. pr. & vb. n. Aping.] To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally. ``How he apes his sire.''
--Addison.

The people of England will not ape the fashions they have never tried.
--Burke.

Wiktionary

aping

n. foolish imitation or mimicry vb. (present participle of ape English)

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

aping

"imitation, mimicry," 1680s, verbal noun from ape (v.).

Usage examples of "aping".

But Thomas was back floundering in the void of his nameless ness mocked by his own presumptuous aims and apings.